Looks like Willow won’t be staring in the Hip Hop remake of the critically acclaimed Broadway musical, Annie.
At least she has a good reason… she wants to be a kid instead.
Sources state that the twelve year old singer/actress explained to her A-List Hollywood Dad she’d rather be a kid… fuck Hollywood.
Will confirmed the news while speaking at Philadelphia’s Temple University earlier this month to support author Sister Soulja’s new book, A Deeper Love Inside: The Porsche Santiaga Story.
“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 said, ‘Baby, hold up!’ I said, ‘No, no, no, listen; you’ll be in New York with all of your friends and Beyoncé will be there. You will be singing and dancing,’ and she looked at me and said, ‘Daddy, I have a better idea, how about I just be 12.'”
Reports first surfaced about Willow not participating in the film when Will Gluck (Easy A, Friends With Benefits) was announced as director for Annie; the reason being at the time, she had outgrown the role.
“Willow Smith is no longer attached; she was 9 when development began and she has outgrown the role of Annie”.
Hopefully Will Smith, who is partnering his production company Overbrook Entertainment, with Jay Z’s Marcy Media, will be able to straighten this situation out before the film’s due date (2014) gets any closer.
No word yet on who will be replacing the Whip My Hair singer at the moment.
In the mean time, the tween star should take advantage and do what she said; enjoy her childhood.
I applaud Will Smith for allowing his daughter to follow her dreams at such a young age, but more importantly, allowing her to step back when necessary.
Hollywood is no joke! Most adults who work in the entertainment industry can barely handle the stress of fame, wealth, and public criticisms, let alone the actual workload.
Putting all of that weight on the shoulders of a kid… I can’t even imagine.
Good to know that the Smith’s aren’t forcing their kids into Hollywood and they at least try to act like parents… unlike some people!
Umm, Dina Lohan *cough, cough*