HOLLYWOOD (Reuters) – At just 11 years old, Quvenzhane Wallis (pic below) already has a best actress nomination under her belt. “The Beasts of the Southern Wild” star wowed audience with her portrayal of Hushpuppy in the critically acclaimed 2012 film and she’s poised to do it again.
She’s gearing up to hit the big screen in a reboot of “Annie”. The movie comes 32 years after the first trip to the orphanage with Carol Burnett, Bernadette Peters, Albert Finney and Aileen Quinn in starring roles. The new film, due in theatres December 19, stars Wallis, Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz, Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale.
“It was really fun working with Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz on set,” Wallis told CBS News. “Everyone was really nice. Cameron was like a mother to me. Jamie Foxx was really funny.”
“Annie” is just one of many upcoming projects for the Louisiana native, who also appeared in the best picture winner, “12 Years a Salve”. She’s starring in “Fathers and Daughters” with Russell Crowe and Aaron Paul, due out next year, and has been cast in “Counting by 7s” based on Holly Goldberg Sloan’s best-selling novel of the same name. The movie will follow Willow Chance (Wallis), a bright young girl who, after the death of her adoptive parents, is taken in by an unlikely surrogate family.