By Teresa Jue
Updated September 30, 2014 at 08:21 PM EDT
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EW has confirmed that Quvenzhané Wallis is attached to star in The Mazur/Kaplan Company and Olympus Pictures’ big-screen adaptation Holly Goldberg Sloan’s bestselling novel, Counting By 7s. Deadline first reported the news.

Wallis will play the novel’s central character, Willow Chance, a young girl who rebuilds her life with a surrogate family after her parents are killed in a car accident.

After her Oscar-nominated turn in Beasts of the Southern Wild, Wallis has had a full schedule, having just wrapped production on Fathers and Daughters, a drama with Aaron Paul and Amanda Seyfried, and providing her voice in animated film The Prophet, based on the book by Kahlil Gibran. Wallis will soon be seen starring in Annie, which will be released Dec. 19.