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8-year-old 'Florida Project' star is directing a movie. You don't have to be a grownup to live out your dreams. "The Florida Project" star Brooklynn Prince is directing a movie titled "Colours," and she's only 8 years old. "My dream of directing started on The Florida Project," the pint-sized actress shared on Instagram Thursday. "I loved watching Sean [Baker, director of 'The Florida Project'] work and was inspired by his patience, vision, and creativity. Since then my dream was to become one of the youngest directors of all time." She continued, "Today my journey as a director begins. Thank you to my friend and mentor, Sean Baker for believing in me, and to the amazing crew and cast. I hope to make you all very proud. I can't wait for the world to see 'Colours.'" Her mentor, Baker, shared his excitement for the project, tweeting Thursday, "Location scouting for @thebrooklynnk's directorial debut... She writes, stars and directs and oh... she's 8 years old." In response, Prince tweeted back, "This is beyond my wildest imagination and yet, here it is. So grateful for my friend and mentor." (PageSix)

Awkwafina in talks to join 'Jumanji' sequel. Awkwafina, who had a breakout year with scene-stealing work in "Ocean's 8" and "Crazy Rich Asians," is in talks to join the "Jumanji" sequel, sources confirmed to Variety. Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillan are all expected to return, with Jake Kasdan coming back as director. "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" was a smash hit, bringing in $962 million worldwide. It followed a group of four teens transported into the world of Jumanji, which is now featured as a video game instead of a board game -- what the book and original 1995 movie focused on. Kasdan, Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner penned the script. Matt Tolmach is producing the pic along with Johnson's Seven Bucks banner and Kasdan. "Ocean's 8" grossed more than $140 million and "Crazy Rich Asians" made $174 million at the domestic box office. The rapper-turned-actress can be seen next in two Sundance pics, "The Farewell" and "Paradise Hills." She is also prepping an autobiographical TV series called "Awkwafina" for Comedy Central. Awkwafina is repped by UTA, Artists First and attorney Isaac Dunham of Schreck Rose. The Hollywood Reporter first broke the news. (PageSix)

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