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It's Official: Willow Smith To Star In Remake Of "Annie"

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We told you earlier that the Broadway/Hollywood classic Annie was being remade by Will and Jada Pinkett Smith's Overbrook Entertainment, starring Willow Smith. Now it's official.  Deets inside...

 

 

How fab! It's official that Will and Jada Pinkett Smith have decided to produce a remake of Annie starring their daughter ten-year-old Willow Smith.  The film will be made by Overbrook Entertainment, which the Smiths co-own, along with Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter and Sony Pictures.
 

As you might remember, the movie tells the story of little orphan Annie whose life is transformed when she goes to live with the wealthy industrialist Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks.  This is one of my favorite movies so I'm interested to see Willow bring her swagger to "Maybe," "Hard Knock Life" (if included) and "Tomorrow."

Congrats Willow!

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I've got the cast all figured

I've got the cast all figured out lynn witfeild or Monique as ms hanagin. Paula Patton or Zoe Saldana or Katie holmes cruise for secretary. Kyla Pratt as orphan girl bully. Robert Downey, Sean Penn, Matt Damon or even antonio banderas could be warbucks. Also can we fit Jeffery wright somewhere he can play any race.
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I've got the cast all figured

I've got the cast all figured out lynn witfeild or Monique as ms hanagin. Paula Patton or Zoe Saldana or Katie holmes cruise for secretary. Kyla Pratt as orphan girl bully. Robert Downey, Sean Penn, Matt Damon or even antonio banderas could be warbucks. Also can we fit Jeffery wright somewhere he can play any race.
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ask for franchesca gonzalez

ask for franchesca gonzalez i'll be there trust me and all of you stalkers dont try it cuz i know how to deal with you dont call me and prank call!! i appreciate it you guys giving me a chance for my dream acting career!! : D!!!
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i actually love the fact

i actually love the fact theyre making a blck version of annie and the smith family alwyas make great films. oh and props to jaden "karate kid" was awesome. i just would like to know if there are any castincalls im thirteen and would love to act a part as an orphan!! and the original annie most likely wont be better than this new one!! go smith family!! : D
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hey

hey
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Willows black. why not a

Willows black. why not a whirw girl with ginger hair this is an offence to the origin\l
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Karens closet really? If your

Karens closet really? If your clothes and stuff is so hot why not get an advertising budget and stop spamming here! Really get a banner ad or email marketing or something..but advertising on a blog makes youand your company look cheap! I for one won't be shopping there! Get some class!!
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Karens closet really? If your

Karens closet really? If your clothes and stuff is so hot why not get an advertising budget and stop spamming here! Really get a banner ad or email marketing or something..but advertising on a blog makes youand your company look cheap! I for one won't be shopping there! Get some class!!
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Karens closet really? If your

Karens closet really? If your clothes and stuff is so hot why not get an advertising budget and stop spamming here! Really get a banner ad or email marketing or something..but advertising on a blog makes youand your company look cheap! I for one won't be shopping there! Get some class!!
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Karens closet really? If your

Karens closet really? If your clothes and stuff is so hot why not get an advertising budget and stop spamming here! Really get a banner ad or email marketing or something..but advertising on a blog makes youand your company look cheap! I for one won't be shopping there! Get some class!!
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Since Will and Jada are

Since Will and Jada are GIVING opportunities to their kids through their production company, why not wait for them to grow up, be kids and complete their education FIRST. The opportunities will still be there to give in 5 years! Poor girl has trouble reading, is falling behind in school and already talking in interview on how "people are counting on her". WTF?
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I've got the cast all figured

I've got the cast all figured out lynn witfeild or Monique as ms hanagin. Paula Patton or Zoe Saldana or Katie holmes cruise for secretary. Kyla Pratt as orphan girl bully. Robert Downey, Sean Penn, Matt Damon or even antonio banderas could be warbucks. Also can we fit Jeffery wright somewhere he can play any race as the fake father or Terrence Howard he does shady well
Anonymous's picture

I've got the cast all figured

I've got the cast all figured out lynn witfeild or Monique as ms hanagin. Paula Patton or Zoe Saldana or Katie holmes cruise for secretary. Kyla Pratt as orphan girl bully. Robert Downey, Sean Penn, Matt Damon or even antonio banderas could be warbucks. Also can we fit Jeffery wright somewhere he can play any race as the fake father or Terrence Howard he does shady well
Anonymous's picture

I've got the cast all figured

I've got the cast all figured out lynn witfeild or Monique as ms hanagin. Paula Patton or Zoe Saldana or Katie holmes cruise for secretary. Kyla Pratt as orphan girl bully. Robert Downey, Sean Penn, Matt Damon or even antonio banderas could be warbucks. Also can we fit Jeffery wright somewhere he can play any race.
Anonymous's picture

I've got the cast all figured

I've got the cast all figured out lynn witfeild or Monique as ms hanagin. Paula Patton or Zoe Saldana or Katie holmes cruise for secretary. Kyla Pratt as orphan girl bully. Robert Downey, Sean Penn, Matt Damon or even antonio banderas could be warbucks. Also can we fit Jeffery wright somewhere he can play any race.
Anonymous's picture

I find it really interesting

I find it really interesting that so many people have something negative to say about the Smith kids and the opportunities they have been given, but HELLO there was a little girl in Annie!! maybe you all think they should get a grown woman to play the part . Why not just be happy and supporting of them. there's nothing worse than grown a$$ haters!!OAN, they can afford to get her a tutor, I think the Smith kids are naturally talented and I can't wait for the movie (although I didn't like the original) and her next song. go Willow and Jaden!!!!
Anonymous's picture

Exactly Annie is a little

Exactly Annie is a little girl, you said it the best. SMH
Anonymous's picture

I will DEFINITELY take my

I will DEFINITELY take my daughter to see this. Go Willow!!!
Happy Lady's picture

I can see that... she does

I can see that... she does have Annie-ish type of vocals.
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GREAT! I look forward to

GREAT! I look forward to seeing this with my little girl.
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Maybe the Smiths are trying

Maybe the Smiths are trying to have kids in movies that resemble us, our own. Think of all the movies we loved growing up and that are the most popular amongst the youth in America. I think that its great to have young black actors taking on major roles, especially since their parents have been working actors for years & know how to navigate through the industry. In my opinion both Will and Jada have been respectable actors and have carried themselves in the public eye very well.
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Will and Jada sure know how

Will and Jada sure know how to keep the money in the family! Their children were already set for life and these movies [The Karate Kid, Annie] will only ensure that 5 generations from now, the Smith family will STILL be taken care of. www.tha-kspot.blogspot.com www.Diva-diaries.blogspot.com --------------- check out www.youravon.com/lorealflowers
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she seems like she really

she seems like she really likes the biz, so all the power to her- BUT Hollywood will chew you up and spit you out so it is hard for a child to walk away unscathed,
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Good for Willow, congrats

Good for Willow, congrats with her little ambitious self.
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Please . . . no red headed

Please . . . no red headed curly wig on little Jada. :) Don't like the Annie story - already done to death. Good luck!
Shells's picture

How many of you show this

How many of you show this level of concern for your neighbors kid when you see them cutting school when you know they should be there? How many of you have picked up the phone and called CPS when you see the crackhead on the street dragging around her kids filthy and hungry? How many of you have talked to your friends or family members about not going up to the school to check on their kids progress, but then go there and curse out the teachers when they get an F? How many of you address any of these issues with your friends and family members who are not doing right by their kids? But yo are willing to snatch the dreams of aa child who has two loving parents that love and support them? Personally I am more concerned about the woman sitting at home living off of my hard earned tax dollars and keep having kids by different baby daddies in order to continue getting a check. Personally I am more concerned aabout these kids. But what else can we expect from black folks the crab mentallity has been imposed once again.
Anonymous's picture

Comments like yours are

Comments like yours are funny. Crab in the Barrel? LOL This is an entertainment blog. The subject is Willow Smith playing Annie in a movie. People can express all a point of view. If you think it's ok for Willow to play the role fine that is your opinion. But why are you so limited in your acceptance of other views? This is not a comment on a race of people. This is the comment on the subject of an entertainment blog. I think that the Smith family is strange. That is my opinion. I think their role in scientoloy is strange. I also think that both of these children should learn how to act or sing rather than just be given things. That is my opinion. The Karate Kid did not change the world or how people see Jaden and this movie won't change how people see Willow. People are smart. A re-make is also not any challege for Holywood it's an easy formula. And people who have things given to them usually don't turn out too well. But time will tell.
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AMEN TO

AMEN TO THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Well said, you make very

Well said, you make very valid points. I am so happy to see a black child redo a family classic. Most family classics are white people, they are good movies, good movies get redone ALL the time, this is wonderful Annie is being redone by a young black girl. More remakes should consider diversity! Thank you, I want my daughter to see these movies with some people in them that look like her!
Anonymous's picture

How many of you show this

How many of you show this level of concern for your neighbors kid when you see them cutting school when you know they should be there? How many of you have picked up the phone and called CPS when you see the crackhead on the street dragging around her kids filthy and hungry? How many of you have talked to your friends or family members about not going up to the school to check on their kids progress, but then go there and curse out the teachers when they get an F? How many of you address any of these issues with your friends and family members who are not doing right by their kids? But yo are willing to snatch the dreams of aa child who has two loving parents that love and support them? Personally I am more concerned about the woman sitting at home living off of my hard earned tax dollars and keep having kids by different baby daddies in order to continue getting a check. Personally I am more concerned aabout these kids. But what else can we expect from black folks the crab mentallity has been imposed once again.
Anonymous's picture

How many of you show this

How many of you show this level of concern for your neighbors kid when you see them cutting school when you know they should be there? How many of you have picked up the phone and called CPS when you see the crackhead on the street dragging around her kids filthy and hungry? How many of you have talked to your friends or family members about not going up to the school to check on their kids progress, but then go there and curse out the teachers when they get an F? How many of you address any of these issues with your friends and family members who are not doing right by their kids? But yo are willing to snatch the dreams of aa child who has two loving parents that love and support them? Personally I am more concerned about the woman sitting at home living off of my hard earned tax dollars and keep having kids by different baby daddies in order to continue getting a check. Personally I am more concerned aabout these kids. But what else can we expect from black folks the crab mentallity has been imposed once again.
Anonymous's picture

How many of you show this

How many of you show this level of concern for your neighbors kid when you see them cutting school when you know they should be there? How many of you have picked up the phone and called CPS when you see the crackhead on the street dragging around her kids filthy and hungry? How many of you have talked to your friends or family members about not going up to the school to check on their kids progress, but then go there and curse out the teachers when they get an F? How many of you address any of these issues with your friends and family members who are not doing right by their kids? But yo are willing to snatch the dreams of aa child who has two loving parents that love and support them? Personally I am more concerned about the woman sitting at home living off of my hard earned tax dollars and keep having kids by different baby daddies in order to continue getting a check. Personally I am more concerned aabout these kids. But what else can we expect from black folks the crab mentallity has been imposed once again.
Anonymous's picture

WE NEED MORE BLACK FACES ON

WE NEED MORE BLACK FACES ON TV!!!!! STop complaining!
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Honestly, I think the Smiths

Honestly, I think the Smiths should have had their daughter try out for the role along with other African-American kids. To have this kid believe that everything can be hers because her mommy and daddy can make it happen, isn't realistic. Especially because of the business that she is in. What is going to happen when mommy and daddy can no longer help Willow get that juicy role when she gets older. Jada and Will are obviously not people who practice what they preach. Isn't Jada the one who was always preaching in almost every magazine about hard work determination as a way to achieve things in life. I guess that does not apply to her and her family. That is why I take what these celebrities say with a grain of salt.
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Because if Jada wasn't

Because if Jada wasn't married to Wil,l I don't believe she would have gotten the few roles that she did get---of course she would say she earned them------NOT!!!!!!!!!!! cause ur not that great of an actress. Thats why ur pushin ur kids so hard. But like someone said, they are only gettin these roles because of will and jada celebrity status.
Anonymous's picture

Who said the role was "given"

Who said the role was "given" to her? Who said her record deal was "given" to her? As far as we know, Will Smith had the power to get her demo to Jay and that was that. He didn't say "sign her because she's my daughter". These people have worked just like anyone else. You are being judgemental based on her parents' success.
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The role of Karate Kid and

The role of Karate Kid and Anni were given to the Smith kids because they were produced by Overbrook Entertainment - a production company founded by Will Smith. All of the acting roles that have made Will Smith big were produced by his own producing company. He gets a good scripts and casts himself as the lead. Now he is doing the same with his children. Dont hate the player, hate the game though... a lot of actors (Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage to name a few) do the exact same thing to make a name for themselves as actors
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Well maybe Willow's hard work

Well maybe Willow's hard work and dedication to this film will open more doors...
Anonymous's picture

I think she will do

I think she will do wonderfully!! Of course she'd get the lead! That's her dad. White people do this shit all the time and no one complains *smh* fckn nggas. Can't wait for it to come out!!
leesh's picture

I think she will do

I think she will do wonderfully!! Of course she'd get the lead! That's her dad. White people do this shit all the time and no one complains *smh* fckn nggas. Can't wait for it to come out!!
leesh's picture

I wont be going to see this

I wont be going to see this train wreck.
Furious STYLES's picture

Some folks act like they

Some folks act like they wouldn't hook they kids up...right. If only you had the money or connections, you would be doing the same thing. Isn't that the point in life? Taking joy in making the ones you love happy.
Anonymous's picture

Mr. Carter is not co-owner of

Mr. Carter is not co-owner of Overbrook Entertainment. He is just helping to produce the movie. the Smiths and Mr. Carter did however join ventures in the Broadway play FELA...Get it together Natasha.... I think Willow will do a great job in Annie...I'll go see it.
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The film will be made by

The film will be made by Overbrook Entertainment, which the Smiths co-own, along with Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter and Sony Pictures. She didn't say Jay-z was a co-owner, she said the Smiths are co-owners...hence the commas...u should read the sentence as if the words within the commas are omitted...
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