Break Out Stars of 2017

All the greats started out as rookies. Bright-eyed and brimming with talent, this group of upstarts are poised to be the A-List of tomorrow...
They might not be household names yet, but this is our list of the names to watch – the up and comers who are making their mark, the fresh blood who will soon be on the awards podiums and the rising stars of the future. You saw them here first.

Angourie Rice

How do you steal a movie from Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe? Just ask 16 year old Aussie Angourie Rice. In the high-volume star vehicle The Nice Guys, Angourie blew everyone out of the water with her sassy, smart-ass, foul-mouthed role as Gosling’s ‘seen it all’ daughter. She was funny, shrewd and held her own amongst Hollywood’s best. Her next roles will cement her place as a star of the future... in Sofia Coppola’s new film The Beguiled, set in an all girl’s school in 1864 during Civil War, where she stars alongside Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning and Collin Farrell. She’s also in the new Spiderman movie with Robert Downey Jr, Tom Holland and fellow antipodeans Hugo Weaving and Toni Collette.

Hailee Steinfeld

Where do you go after your first big role (True Grit) gets you an Oscar nomination, a Screen Actors Guild Award and a BAFTA? Higher, that’s where. She sang in Pitch Perfect 2, got a record deal and went platinum. She has been the face of fashion label Miu Miu. Is there nothing this girl can’t do? ‘Haiz’, as she’s known by her adoring fans, is about to knock your socks off in The Edge of Seventeen, starring and sparring with Woody Harrelson – the super hyped teen dramedy where she gets lines that will go down in cinema history. Vanity Fair has hailed it “the best teenage movie in years”.

Odessa Young

She’s been called Australia’s next great actress... possessing “the doll-eyed gaze and pillowy lips of Bardot, the wry gestures of Dunst, and the reticent poise of Blanchett” – is how one magazine described Odessa. Elle profiled her and named her “Australia’s brightest rising star” Big shoes to fill, but Odessa is grounded, hard-working and her acting is emotionally true and powerful. You just have to watch Wonderland, Looking For Grace and The Daughter to see the depth she brings to each character. She’s worked with our industries biggest stars - Geoffrey Rush, Miranda Otto and Sam Neill - but when asked who she was star struck to meet, David Stratton, the revered film reviewer, is her answer.

Ben Schnetzer

New York born and raised, Ben moved to London after high school to attend the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama. "When I decided I wanted to go to drama school," he explains, "I realised that a lot of the actors whose careers I really admire and whose work I really admire were English and English trained” As such, Ben’s resume so far is truly international - playing an Oxford blue-blood in Posh, a Lancashire gay activist in Pride and a Jewish German in The Book Thief. You’ll also see him carve it up in Duncan Jones’ action fantasy film Warcraft, Oliver Stone’s political bio-pic Snowden and the high-octane take on masculinity and fraternity, Goat, playing the frat-boy brother of Nick Jonas. Intense heat indeed!

Zoey Deutch

Miley, Selena, Demi...and now Zoey. Former Disney stars are making big waves in Hollywood – and Zoey is transitioning into the hottest of the bunch, with standout roles in Ringer, Beautiful Creatures and Vampire Academy. She’s also starred alongside Zac Efron and Robert De Niro in Dirty Grandpa, in the comedy Good Kids and in Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some. Currently in the works: Why Him?, a romantic comedy co-starring James Franco and Bryan Cranston; Before I Fall in which she plays a teen who must relive her dying day over and over; and Flower, a coming-of-age drama. Zoey knows all about ‘coming of age’ stories – her dad directed two of John Hughes's classic '80s films, Pretty in Pink and Some Kind of Wonderful and her mum was an '80s icon who starred as Michael J. Fox's mother in the Back to the Future trilogy.

Trevant Rhodes

Discovered by a casting agent on campus in Austin, Texas, where he was on a track and field scholarship, Rhodes moved to LA and quickly scored roles in Tyler Perry’s OWN series If Loving You Is Wrong and Terrence Malick’s Weightless. But it is in his star-making role as ‘Chiron’ in Barry Jenkins’ festival and Oscar favourite, Moonlight that’s propelling Rhodes into the stratosphere. In this searing coming-of-age drama about a young black man’s struggle with his sexuality in drug-addled Miami, Rhodes has tapped into the zeitgeist. But he wasn't intimidated by the complex, multi-layered role: "As an actor you want to do everything." And everything is what he will do.

Joe Alwyn

How would you feel if your very first film role was starring in an Ang Lee movie? Nervous. Excited. Stunned. 25 year old London theatre actor Joe Alwyn had all these feelings when he was plucked from obscurity, flown to LA and cast in his very first film – as the lead in Lee’s latest Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. Not only did this native Englishman have to master a Texan accent, he had to beef up and man-up to play a returning US war veteran scarred by his Iraq deployment, hailed a hero yet tormented by the experience. Alwyn’s blistering, raw performance has everyone raving and he’s now on every casting director’s must-see list.

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