Will Smith Explains Willow Smith’s Exit From ‘Annie’

Movies & TV

By: / February 8, 2013

Just in case you missed our news announcement last week, Willow Smith, who was to star in the upcoming Annie remake has dropped out of the film. Poppa Will explains why she is no longer going to star, which you can read after the break.

Originally, it was speculated that the “Whip My Hair” songstress removed herself from the remake because she “outgrew” the part. She was only 9-years-old when she was cast to play the orphan Annie, and now that she is 12, it is feasible that she simply doesn’t see herself in that story.

But according to Shadow And Act, a few days later found Will Smith addressing the subject during an event called “Real Talk with Sistah Souljah and Will Smith” at Philly’s Temple University. “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,’ and I said, ‘Baby, hold up!’ I said, ‘No, no, no, listen, you’ll be in New York with all of your friends and Beyonce 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.'”

It seems Willow is burned out from the rush-rush of tour life and simply wants to be a regular kid…with parents and friends who control the entertainment world with their pinkies.

You can see the rest of Will Smith’s thoughts by clicking here.

Props: Shadow And Act