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Future of Hollywood: Today’s Young Stars

Many actors have careers that span an entire lifetime, but eventually, all Hollywood A-listers will have to make room for the next generation. Who will be the next Chris Hemsworth, Emily Blunt, Ryan Reynolds? We are ready to guess. Here are just some of Hollywood’s rising young star who will be shaking up the industry in the foreseeable future.

Millie Bobby Brown (14)

The world fell in love with Millie thanks to her portrayal of Eleven on Netflix’s Stranger Things. Ever since she landed this role in this hit show, her career has skyrocketed. At only 13, she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award.

The 14-year-old actress has over 18 million followers on Instagram and she is the youngest person to be featured on Time 100, the magazine’s annual list of the world’s most influential people. In 2019, we will see Millie’s film debut in Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

Finn Wolfhard (16)

Can you believe that Finn Wolfhard scored his first acting gig off of an ad on Craigslist? His actual television debut was on the show The 100 which was followed up with a role in Supernatural. In 2016, Finn landed the role of Mike Wheeler in Netflix’s hit series Stanger Things. His success in the show brought him the role in the film adaptation of Stephen King’s It (2018).

Finn’s upcoming roles include a voice acting role in Netflix’s animation series Carmen Sandiego, a role in the film Dog Days, Goldfinch, It: Chapter II, and Stranger Things season 3. Finn will also voice Pugsley in a new Addams Family adaptation which will premier in October 2019. He is also a frontman in an indie-rock band Calpurnia.

Auli’i Cravalho (18)

Auli’i Cravalho’s breakout role was in Disney’s animation movie Moana where she voiced Moana. Her voice acting brought her an Annie Award, a Teen Choice Award, and the Alliance of Women Film Journalist Award for Best Animated Film.

The Hawaii native has continued to do voiceovers for films such as Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) and Wreck-It Ralph 2 (2018). In 2018, Auli’i made her TV debut on NBC’s TV series Rise which centers on a group of students who join their high school’s theater department.

“Everyone needs to take that time to figure out who they are,” Cravalho said about her character Moana. “The fact that there are no love interests in Moana — it’s all about her — is very relatable. You don’t need another person to help you find yourself.”

Amandla Stenberg (20)

At the age of four, Amandla started doing catalog modeling shoots for Disney. Her career skyrocketed after her portrayal of young Cataleya in Colombiana (2011) and her role as Rue in The Hunger Games.(2012)

Her most recent film credits are Where Hands Touch (2018), The Hate U Give (2018), The Darkest Minds (2018), Everything, Everything (2017).

Fearlessly outspoken, this young actress and social activist knows that teen voices shouldn’t be ignored:

McKenna Grace (12)

Without a doubt, 12-year-old McKenna is one of the hardest working young actors today. She began acting professionally at the age of 6, and today her film credits include I, Tonya (2017), Gifted (2017), and Ready Player One (2018). You have probably seen her on TV in The Haunting of Hill House, Fuller House, Once Upon A Time, and Designated Survivor.
Her upcoming projects are Untitled Annabelle Film (2019) and Captain Marvel (2019).

Jacob Tremblay (12)

Jacob’s film debut was in Smurfs 2, but his true breakout performance was his role as Jack Newsome in Room (2015) alongside Brie Larson. He played a boy that had spent his entire life in a 10-by-10-ft room. His stellar performance brought him the Critic’s Choice Movie Award for Best Young Performer.

Dafne Keen (14)

Dafne was only 11 years old when she landed the role of mutant Laura Kinney/X-23 in the X-Men film Logan (2017). Her incredible fierceness alongside Hugh Jackman’s iconic Wolverine left viewers speechless and brought her three awards.

Kathryn Newton (21)

“I’ve been auditioning my whole life,” says the actress who made her TV debut at age 4 on All My Children.

Newton has worked opposite Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman in HBO’s Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning drama, Big Little Lies. Kathryn’s film credits include Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Ben Is Back. Her upcoming projects are Pokémon Detective Pikachu and Netflix’s female-led drama series The Society.

Iain Armitage (10)

Iain started out with a theater critic channel on YouTube and is now starting an acting career of his own.

You might have seen Iain as the new kid in town in Big Little Lies, and we can’t help but love him as Sheldon Cooper in the Big Bang Theory spin-off Young Sheldon. Iain has also appeared in films The Glass Castle (2017) and Our Souls at Night (2017).

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