Though her parents are the production company behind the upcoming remake of the classic film Annie, Willow Smith will no longer be playing the lead role. This announcement comes over two years since it was first revealed the film was in the works. Originally the report was that the 12-year-old was simply “too old” to be playing the role and had been dropped, but during a speech in Philly this past weekend, poppa Will revealed the real reason. Find out why below.

Marisa Mendez

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 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.’

I’m really learning through Willow the necessity that we have to snap ourselves back and refocus on the emotional needs of the people that we love. Someone’s emotional needs can be very very different from your dreams and what you think they should be doing and where they are supposed to be.

Aw, the poor girl is worn out! Glad she realized her happiness is above a check or some fame! I wonder who will fill the role now?

Spotted: NB