Will Smith’s daughter to play Annie

Will Smith with wife Jada Pinkett-Smith, daughter Willow and son Jaden.

Will Smith is priming his daughter Willow Smith for superstardom. Smith’s production company, Overbrook Entertainment, plans to partner with rapper and music business mogul, Jay-Z on a new film venture. Their first project in the works: a musical adaptation of Annie. The remake of the 1982 hit film, originally starring Aileen Quinn, will star Smith’s ten-year-old daughter Willow.
“The time is right to bring back Annie to the big screen,” said Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures/Sony, Overbrook’s home base, about this “dream project.” Overbrook Entertainment produced The Karate Kid starring the Smiths’ son Jaden. Jay-Z and the Smiths also co-produced the Broadway musical production Fela!, which earned 11 Tony Award nominations in 2010.

Jay-Z added, “We’ve already produced a Tony Award winning play and we’re developing a true superstar in Willow.” Last year, Willow Smith encountered her first taste of fame when she released her first multi-platinum hit single, “Whip My Hair,” for Jay-Z’s record label, Roc Nation.

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  1. Andrea • January 28, 2011 @ 11:02 AM

    Ridiculous. Can Will Smith prostitute his children any more than he already has? Yes, and here’s the proof. Annie was one of the biggest duds to ever hit the screen. So he thinks by making it about a black Annie (I suppose everyone in it will be black), that’ll improve it? Good luck with that, this is going to bomb.

  2. hmmm • January 28, 2011 @ 11:20 AM


  3. The Guy • January 28, 2011 @ 4:17 PM

    I agree, absolutely lame. I will be boycotting this film. Who’s with me?

  4. Rudolph Ransom • January 29, 2011 @ 12:16 AM

    I’m with you all , this is going to be another of those movies where they’ll make 90% of the cast black, and the 10% of whites will look like dorks or slobs or bums..! Spike Lee will probably nominate the movies as best picture in his book..!

  5. Duh • January 29, 2011 @ 12:42 PM

    Nice emo-style haircut.

  6. Mary • January 29, 2011 @ 3:32 PM

    This is ridiculous ANNIE has always been and always will be the story of a white curly red headed orphan with her dog Sandy and Daddy Warbucks. This comic strip goes wayyyyyyyy back. She never was black nor were the other fictitional characters in this comic strip, Why the hell is Will Smith fooling around with this? Remember the Wizard of Oz with Dianna Ross, Michael Jackson, need I say more??????????

  7. mitch • January 29, 2011 @ 5:13 PM

    dosent have to be all black. would follow same plotline as different strokes….the daddy warbucks could be white.

  8. Jo-Anne • January 30, 2011 @ 11:29 AM

    “prostitute his children”?????

    how sadly inaccurate….

    The Karate Kid was hugely successful due in no small part to Jaden’s talented performance

    child actors have been on screen for decades and we’ve enjoyed many of their roles. Were they all pimped through their parents?

    perhaps Annie will bomb, and perhaps it will triumph, immaterial to me
    either way, daddy’s role was, as always I believe, in the interest of his kids…

  9. Mark • January 30, 2011 @ 2:10 PM

    I can’t believe what I’m reading. Last I remember movies were about entertainment, or a venue to communicate messages. Reading these comments is very sad. Sad to think that when someone has creativity it isn’t appreciated to appoint where if they read this it would be discouraging. At least they are trying to develop something. For those that thougt the original flopped, at least they are trying a different spin. Maybe it isn’t successful, however, at least they are trying. WHAT ARE YOU DOING BESIDES CRITISIZING? Maybe it is better to look at others flaws instead of your own. It’s possible… I don’t know… don’t care. Whether you like the movie or not, should be the focus. Discuss what you like or dislike and leave it at that. Who cares if it is majority black or white. At the end of the day, is the movie about who came up with the idea, who hired the cast, or how the actors performed to deliver the entertainment value. Boycotting… this isn’t about a bus in the past, or olympic messages or statements. This is about entertainment. Seriously…I think we can sometimes go too far.
    My message to the Smith’s and to Jay-Z and for that matter, any creative artist…keep doing what you are doing. You are not going to win them all, but what you do is provide value to peoples lives on all levels. Some work, some don’t but your constant drive to deliver a message, whether fiction or real adds purpose to all our lives in one way or another. Whether it is to learn, see things from different perspectives, laugh, imagine, be creative, explore, analyze, discover, appreciate, love, understand hatred, and many more…one way or another, it leaves an impression that we interpret for ourselves as positive or negative. I am truly blessed to have the opportunity to experience the artforms that you deliver and the ability to choose for myself how your work impacts my life. Thank You All!!

  10. bubba • January 30, 2011 @ 2:54 PM

    Will smiths wife is a major DOG perhaps he could get her casted to play the part of SANDY she probably used to being on her knees….lol

  11. ke • January 30, 2011 @ 4:55 PM

    What bugs me sometimes is how they make black versions of things. For example, Death at a Funeral. Now I can’t judge because I didn’t see the movie. Maybe it was funnier than the original but I just don’t like the idea. As for Annie, (part of) what makes the character so iconic is her image. It wouldn’t be ‘Annie’ anymore. It would just be a movie about a young black girl following the exact same plot line. I don’t approve.

  12. Rudolph Ransom • January 30, 2011 @ 11:41 PM

    I can just picture it now… Little Orphan Rap Annie….

  13. max3s powers • January 31, 2011 @ 12:02 AM

    Is this another Tlyer Perry presents movie?…uuuhh just makes me sick when the do this crap….they should do a movie about Nelson Mandela staring Brad Pitt, or a made for tv series on Obama’s race to the White house staring Tom Cruze, would this be ok?

  14. Bryan • February 1, 2011 @ 11:44 AM

    I think this will look kinda weird but I’ll give it a look. I mean, it won’t hurt if I will.

  15. Joshua • February 1, 2011 @ 6:26 PM

    Honestly, I can’t stand either of his kids, especially after The Karate Kid and “Whip My Hair”. I will definetely be skipping this one

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