Have you ever watched a movie featuring a young actor or actress and thought, “That kid is gonna be famous!”? I have. Very recently, in fact. Here are 4 up-and-coming stars that I think we’ll be seeing a lot more of:
Roman Griffin Davis – As the title character in Jojo Rabbit, this 12-year-old carried a very tricky (but Oscar-winning!) anti-hate satire from inventive director Taika Waititi. See, in this World War II set film, Jojo’s imaginary friend is Adolf Hitler, and the young boy does everything he can to prove to his friend that he’ll be a good Nazi when he grows up. But when he finds out that his mother (Scarlett Johansson) is helping to hide a Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their attic, Jojo is confronted with his own humanity. The range and transformation Griffin Davis pulls off as Jojo comes to understand the stakes involved is amazing. No wonder why hewon the Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Young Performer, and was also nominated for a Golden Globe in the Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy category.
Kyliegh Curran – In Doctor Sleep (the sequel to The Shining), Curran plays Abra Stone, a young girl who possesses the psychic ability known as “the shining” that Danny Torrance had in the original film. Ewan McGregor plays an adult Danny, who is telepathically contacted by Abra after cult members desperate to feed off her powers come after her. Together, Abra and Danny must protect each other and try to find a way to bring an end to the cult. Curran’s intense performance was critical to making the film work, and I can’t wait to see what this 14-year-old powerhouse does next.
Noah Jupe – When Matt Damon and Christian Bale are in a Best Picture-nominated movie, it might be easy to forget who else is in the cast. But that’s not the case with Ford v Ferrari thanks to Jupe, who plays Bale’s son Peter. Through his character, we get a better sense of the emotional, life-and-death stakes involved in a racecar driver’s chosen career. At 14, Jupe is the most seasoned actor on this list, having already been in Suburbicon (also with Damon!), Wonder, Holmes & Watson, Honey Boy and most memorably A Quiet Place (he’ll be in the upcoming sequel, too). With that resume, he’s already well on his way to becoming Hollywood royalty!
Julia Butters – Who can steal a scene that Leonardo DiCaprio is in? This feisty 10-year-old, that’s who! Butters earned rave reviews and Meryl Streep comparisons for her performance in Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood, where she plays a tough child actress whose no-nonsense demeanor and intellectual prowess completely unnerve DiCaprio’s fading star Rick Dalton. Butter can also be seen in the TV series American Housewife!
Who’s a young actor or actress with star potential that you’ve noticed lately?