Quvenzhane Wallis is in line for a lead role in the remake of he musical Annie. Will Gluck will direct, and it'll be produced by Will Smith's Overbrook Entertainment, reports Entertainment Weekly.

It's finally happening. Quvenzhane Wallis has been labelled anything from 'future star' to 'miniature force of nature' and it's been months since her performance in Beasts of The Southern Wild was lauded by the critics, and even earned her an Academy nomination for Best Actress (the youngest ever female to be nominated). But since the initial hype, things have died down somewhat with attention turning to some of film's big guns - Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, for instance. Now, though, young Wallis is being talked about in the big time again, and a role in Annie would surely suit her skillset, which is just about anything, really. We say it's about time the young-but-talented actress was being talked about for big films. 

Will Smith and Jay-Z are set to take a pivotal role in Annie, with the latter providing the score for the film. Smith's daughter, Willow, was also suppoed to feature in the remake, but it turns out 12 is too old. Her father said: "Willow was supposed to be doing 'Annie', we got Jay-Z to do the movie, got the studio to come in and Willow had such a difficult time on tour with 'Whip My Hair' and she said, 'You know, daddy, I don't think so. I have a better idea, how about I just be 12.' "