Every few years the familiar faces of Hollywood begin to change, and we see new people take on amazing roles that grab and mystify us. We see new faces sprout up from the background and they eventually become the stars themselves. From Jennifer Lawrence going from a few indie hits to becoming a household name, to Amy Schumer putting out an above average rom-com with her devastatingly harsh but hilarious humor after killing it in the comedy world.
We’ve been keeping a keen eye out for the up and comers you should be looking out for. Here’s a list of 5 actresses we think are going to become really big names in just a short time.
She’s been picking up steam for a while now but Vikander really caught the eye of the public this year with the critically acclaimed Ex Machina, starring as the frighteningly believable humanoid robot AVA. In a role where she was supposed to come off cold and menacing, she finds a way to blend a softness and honesty that shows a range beyond her years.
This ability has landed her chances to not be confined to one genre of film, be it action or drama. Her talent has her lined up to work with Bradley Cooper in the upcoming film Burnt, and she’ll be alongside Matt Damon when he returns to the Bourne series sometimes in 2016. Vikander is also starring in The Man from U.N.C.L.E, which is still in theaters.
Jones has been popping up all over your small screen for some time now. She’s had her moments in Doctor Who and in Girls but she has really been shining on the big screen as of late. 2011’s Like Crazy, starring she and Anton Yelchin, was her break out role. Romantic movies always walk the line between cheesy melodrama and offensively clichéd ideals, and Felicity Jones made you see those things and believe in them again.
Since then, she has been in The Theory of Everything where she played the wife of Stephen Hawking, a role that was obviously strengthened by her time working on Like Crazy. She was also cast as Felicia Hardy in the recently abandoned Spider-man franchise where she would have eventually been Black Cat. With the studio reevaluating its next moves, we’re not sure whether she’ll be back in the Marvel universe. We do know that next, she’ll be appearing alongside Tom Hanks in the Ron Howard film Inferno, which is scheduled for release in 2016.
Thompson’s role in 2014’s satirical comedy Dear White People showed that she can be a commanding force to be dealt with on screen. In a film that could have been offensive, she brought out sincerity that instead started a dialogue, which for me, embodied the film’s deeper purpose.
She later showed more of her dramatic range, finding herself in Selma, playing Diane Nash, the cofounder of the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee, and coming up next, she will be in Creed, a reboot/sequel to Rocky. She’ll be playing the girlfriend of Adonis, the son to Apollo Creed, played by Michael B. Jordan.
She’s still finding her place as an actress, but Bel Powley is good enough that she can work alongside Kristen Wiig and Alexander Skarsgård, costarring with them in The Diary of a Teenage Girl which just hit theaters. She stars as the young and impressionable Minnie who enters into a sexual relationship with her mother’s boyfriend.
Powley shines in the role, and the movie earned numerous awards at festivals when it premiered, most notably at Sundance, Berlin, and Edinburgh. With that under her belt, we’re very excited for what she’s got coming next: she recently starred with Nicholas Hoult and Kristen Stewart in a futuristic love story called Equals, which just premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Cooke has been showing her face all over TV and been doing a few movies here and there. You’ve probably seen her on the creepy series Bates Motel, but lately she has been dropping in and out of films. She was in last year’s horror movie Ouija, and this year, she was cast as Rachel Kushner in the indie hit Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, a film that will leave you wiping away a tear or still laughing.
Although she started out with supernatural thrillers and creepy TV shows, this move to Me and Earl seems to indicate she’s branching out. The next film she’ll be in is Katie Says Goodbye, the synopsis of which makes it seem like a coming-of-age indie story. We’ll have to wait and see, as it comes out in 2016.
Keep an eye out for these up and comers, as they are sure to be even bigger names soon enough.
Which one of these talented actresses is your favorite? Are there any you think deserve a shoutout? The comments await your thoughts below!