Casting News: Willow Smith to Star in Her Parents Remake of the Musical Movie “ANNIE”

Posted on 27. Jan, 2011 by in Casting Updates, CHILD ACTORS, Child Stars, In the News, THE BUZZ

According to, rapper Jay-Z aka Shawn Carter’s sampling of  “It’s a Hard Knock Life” was merely a foreshadowing of a much larger endeavor. Turns out that Carter has partnered with actors Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith via their film production company Overbrook Entertainment to remake the classic film Annie. Other Overbrook partners include James Lassiter and Ken Stovitz.

And it’s anything but a hard-knock life for Willow “Whip My Hair” Smith as Variety confirmed Wednesday, January 26, 2011 that Sony will produce the reimagining of the musical movie and that the Smiths have cast their 10-year-old daughter in the lead role of Annie.  As you may recall, the original movie tells the story of little orphan Annie whose life is transformed when she goes to live with the wealthy industrialist Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks.

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12 Responses to “Casting News: Willow Smith to Star in Her Parents Remake of the Musical Movie “ANNIE””

  1. Editor Tracy Bobbitt

    03. Jul, 2015

    Hi Tyrell,

    HMB is not an talent agency but rather a community and support system for young actors and their parents. If you’re seeking representation, please refer to our list of agents here: and Good Luck!

  2. Tyrell pickens

    02. Jul, 2015

    My name is Tyrell Pickens and I’m 16 years old with a talent of acting i really wanna get out there and known for what I love witch is acting it means everything to me I’ve been doing roles and skits for schools and plays I really wanna get oh there more and become apart of this agency because I know it’s right for me and it’s the best agency I know and I’m a hard worker I’m deducted 100% to the acting industry and my main goal is to make family’s and kids all over the world love watching me on TV because I can relate to everyone I’m funny out going and just everything a person could want to watch on TV I would really appreciate it thank you for you’re time

  3. JustInCase

    01. Feb, 2013

    Daughter was an Annie Youth Ensemble Orphans Jan 2012 held at The Fox Theater in Atlanta Ga. We would love this opportunity. Also she is a dancer tap, ballet, hip hop and jazz.

  4. Tiffany

    26. Dec, 2012

    Hello, my name is Tiffany and I am 14 years old.
    Age: 14
    Height: 5″1
    Weight: 101
    Body Type: Petite
    Ethnicty: African American
    Skin Tone: Medium
    Personality: Friendly, Outgoing, and Funny
    Talents: Acting, Singing, Flute, Cross Country, Track and Field, and Art
    I am a determined and motivated teenager. People who just meet me have always told me I have a natural talent to entertain others. I have performed in musical theater at my school. I have also had experience in a church choir as a young child. Then, as a member of a chorus in high school.I have played the flute from 4th grade until 8th grade in a middle school band as first chair. Currently, I am preparing with a private music instructor to enter the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College division in the fall. My leadership skills were performed in the Student Government. I also have athletic abilities in Cross Country and Track and Field.

  5. teontae johnson

    01. Aug, 2012

    i would love to be apart of annie i can dance and act

  6. jennel

    09. Jul, 2012

    i would love to be a part of Annie , i can sing 🙂 and act really good .

  7. Rasheen

    02. Jul, 2012

    THIS Rasheen do you have roles for 15teen year old boys

  8. Rasheen

    02. Jul, 2012

    WILLOW MY NAME IS Rasheen let me play a role in annie

  9. Taesha Robinson

    25. May, 2012

    My daughter is a huge fan of the movie “annie” and also a huge fan of Willow Smiths… would love it if she could bein the move .. even as a extra.. she’s cute .. people always tell me that she looks just like Willow Smith … (i have a pic to proove it) lol… she’s 8 years old .. no professional experience but she is a fast learner and very persistant..

  10. Onaiya Watson

    24. Mar, 2012

    Hi,my name is OnaiyaWatson im 12 years old but i can pass as 13 im slim i have long dark brown hair i can sing,dance,and act,and i would love to be in this movie!!

  11. Sarah

    19. Feb, 2011

    do you have any casting info or requirements? any information on this role would be amazing . thanks .

  12. Eliza

    28. Jan, 2011

    Wow, some movies, you just don’t touch. Karate Kid and Annie are perfect examples. Why can’t they use their money and influence to create new ideas for the children to star in?

    Do they really need to ride the coattails of such classic movies? Arent their “talent” and connections enough?

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