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Quvenzhané Wallis Is Joining Black-Ish

Quvenzhane Wallis

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – FEBRUARY 23: Actor Quvenzhane Wallis at Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 23, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images for Essence

An Academy Award nominee is coming to the hit ABC sitcom Black-ish and she’s not even old enough to drive yet. Fifteen-year-old actress Quvenzhané Wallis has just signed on to appear in a recurring role, marking her first-ever TV role.

Back in 2012, Quvenzhané Wallis left audiences floored with her performance in the indie hit film Beasts of the Southern Wild, which garnered her an Oscar nomination at just nine years old and helped her make history as the youngest person ever to be nominated for Best Actress. Now a teenager, Wallis is all set to move into the Johnson household, as she has officially signed on for a recurring role on Black-ish.

As reported, Wallis will play the role of Kyra, Dre’s (Anthony Anderson) younger cousin who comes to stay with the family for a while when her mother is unable to take care of her. Wallis being added to the cast is likely due to the recurring status of Yara Shahidi, who plays the oldest daughter Zoey, since she now fronts her own spinoff series Grown-ish, which was renewed for a second season earlier this year.

Wallis will make her official debut in season 5 in January 2019. Audiences may last remember seeing her on the big screen opposite Jamie Foxx in the remake of the popular classic film Annie back in 2014, for which she garnered a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress.

Wallis joins a talented cast that includes Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi, Marcus Scribner, Jenifer Lewis, Laurence Fishburne, Marsai Martin and Miles Brown.

Black-ish airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on ABC and the series is gearing up for its landmark 100th episode that will be an ode to music icon Prince.