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Pearl-clutching Time: Black Actors in “White” Roles

3. Quvenzhané Wallis, Annie (2014)

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Last year, people questioned the casting of the 12-year-old Wallis in the Annie remake for its title character with many going off about the young star on Twitter. The last Annie that came out in 1982 had a red-headed White girl as its lead and a White Daddy Warbucks while the reboot also cast Jamie Foxx as the new rich tycoon Will Stacks. Wallis had already been nominated for an Oscar at the time of her casting yet people still doubted her in the role of the orphan who finds a father. So, she may have been overqualified. Take that, you zealots!

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