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Willow Smith Comments On ANNIE Movie Remake Exit

January 19
1:21 AM 2014

Willow Smith Comments On ANNIE Movie Remake ExitOne of the most hotly contested roles on Broadway and in Hollywood last year was that of Little Orphan Annie - for the recent James Lapine-directed Broadway revival of the hit Charles Strouse/Martin Charnin tuner, as well as the radically reconceived and rewritten new feature film adaptation of the property, produced by Will Smith and Jay Z - and front-runner for the film, Willow Smith, opens up about why she passed up the chance to play the title role in a new interview.

Explaining her decision to forgo starring in the movie musical remake being produced by her father, mega-star actor and producer Will Smith, Willow explains, "I just wanted to chill, and be at home, and decompress, and just find out what I wanna do and where I stand on this planet, with the little tiny place we have."

Furthermore, Smith explains that her show business plan is to further continue on that zen path until she is ready to be revealed to the world in full someday, whenever that may be.

"I just feel like I want to do it different than the world's ready for," Smith says.

"It's like a pearl - I'm reading that book right now. You put a piece of sand in it, which is the imagination. You close it over a bunch of years, making it awesome, and then Bam! It comes open. And I'm it!" Smith opines.

"I'm the pearl," Smith concludes.

Of note, Quvenzhane Wallis eventually adopted the famous curls and the film is set for a release this December.

Check out the original article on the matter here.

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