Annie Dwell! Is coming to the small display screen on December 2 and 12-year-old actress Celina Smith has landed the lead function.

On August 24, she informed Today about listening to she was chosen to play Annie after a nationwide search, “We had been in my mother’s room and my staff known as and so they had been like, ‘What are you going to be doing this October?'”

“I used to be like, ‘I do not know,'” the Atlanta native continued, “after which they had been like, ‘You are going to be in New York doing Annie Dwell this October!’ and I screamed.”

She continued, “It is simply so wonderful with the ability to carry out with such an iconic solid, and I am simply so excited for this journey to start out.”

The NBC manufacturing additionally contains Tituss Burgess, Nicole Scherzinger, Taraji P. Henson and Harry Connick Jr. as Daddy Warbucks.

Annie follows the story of an orphan adopted by a rich New York Metropolis man. The long-lasting tune “It’s A Onerous-Knock Life” is from the musical, which was famously sampled by Jay-Z in 1998.

Annie Dwell! premieres Dec. 2 at 8 PM ET on NBC.