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10 Young Actors And Actresses Who Are Taking Hollywood By Storm

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10. Gugu Mbatha-Raw

With one of the most memorable names in show business, you'd think Gugu Mbatha-Raw wouldn't have such a hard time getting herself noticed. After years of understated performances in less-known films, like 2013's Belle and Beyond the Lights, Mbatha-Raw has secured various supporting roles in a few 2016 blockbusters (even if she is playing a feather duster in one of them.)Don't miss her in: Beyond the Lights, BelleUpcoming work: Beauty and the Beast, Concussion with Will Smith, The Free State of Jones.
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With one of the most memorable names in show business, you'd think Gugu Mbatha-Raw wouldn't have such a hard time getting herself noticed. After years of understated performances in less-known films, like 2013's Belle and Beyond the Lights, Mbatha-Raw has secured various supporting roles in a few 2016 blockbusters (even if she is playing a feather duster in one of them.)

Don't miss her in: Beyond the Lights, Belle

Upcoming work: Beauty and the Beast, Concussion with Will Smith, The Free State of Jones.

9. Taron Egerton

The breakout star of Kingsguard: The Secret Service, Taron Egerton was (criminally) only briefly considered for the role of the new Spiderman. Despite this, his upcoming projects include gangster movie Legend with Tom Hardy and a biopic about an Olympic ski jumper. Don't miss him in: Kingsguard: The Secret Service, Testament of YouthUpcoming work: Legend, Eddie the Eagle
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The breakout star of Kingsguard: The Secret Service, Taron Egerton was (criminally) only briefly considered for the role of the new Spiderman. Despite this, his upcoming projects include gangster movie Legend with Tom Hardy and a biopic about an Olympic ski jumper.

Don't miss him in: Kingsguard: The Secret Service, Testament of Youth

Upcoming work: Legend, Eddie the Eagle

8. Brie Larson

Brie Larson is "that girl" from "that movie" who looks "so familiar," but you just can't place her. Thanks to supporting roles in Trainwreck, 21 Jump Street, and a slew of upcoming projects, the indie actress is finally making a name for herself in mainstream Hollywood. Don't miss her in: Room, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, The Spectacular Now, and the criminally underrated drama Short Term 12.Upcoming work: Free Fire, Basmati Blues, Kong: Skull Island
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Brie Larson is "that girl" from "that movie" who looks "so familiar," but you just can't place her. Thanks to supporting roles in Trainwreck, 21 Jump Street, and a slew of upcoming projects, the indie actress is finally making a name for herself in mainstream Hollywood.

Don't miss her in: Room, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, The Spectacular Now, and the criminally underrated drama Short Term 12.

Upcoming work: Free Fire, Basmati Blues, Kong: Skull Island

7. John Boyega

Any of the Star Wars cast could've easily made this list, but of all of them, Boyega has arguably made the biggest rise from unknown to action star in the past year. With limited past work in Attack the Block and Half of a Yellow Sun, Boyega's casting in Star Wars: The Force Awakens single-handedly put him on the map.Don't miss him in: Attack the Block, Half of a Yellow Sun Upcoming projects: Do I even need to tell you?
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Any of the Star Wars cast could've easily made this list, but of all of them, Boyega has arguably made the biggest rise from unknown to action star in the past year. With limited past work in Attack the Block and Half of a Yellow Sun, Boyega's casting in Star Wars: The Force Awakens single-handedly put him on the map.

Don't miss him in: Attack the Block, Half of a Yellow Sun

Upcoming projects: Do I even need to tell you?

6. Lea Seydoux

Lea Seydoux first made waves with her role as a blue haired teenage lesbian in indie hit Blue is the Warmest Color. Since then, she has become the must-have complement to Hollywood's leading men; first as the newest Bond girl in Spectre with Daniel Craig, then in Gambit with Channing Tatum. Here's hoping 2016 brings Seydoux some roles where the spotlight is on her for a change. Don't miss her in: Blue is the Warmest Color, Midnight in ParisUpcoming Work: Spectre, Gambit
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Lea Seydoux first made waves with her role as a blue haired teenage lesbian in indie hit Blue is the Warmest Color. Since then, she has become the must-have complement to Hollywood's leading men; first as the newest Bond girl in Spectre with Daniel Craig, then in Gambit with Channing Tatum. Here's hoping 2016 brings Seydoux some roles where the spotlight is on her for a change.

Don't miss her in: Blue is the Warmest Color, Midnight in Paris

Upcoming Work: Spectre, Gambit

5. Chadwick Boseman

While Chadwick Boseman has had various opportunities in the past few years in a starring role, his 2016 turn as Marvel's Black Panther is likely to cement him as a household name, at least within the millenial crowd. Don't miss him in: As Jackie Robinson in 42, Get On Up as James Brown.Upcoming work: Gods of Egypt, Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther
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While Chadwick Boseman has had various opportunities in the past few years in a starring role, his 2016 turn as Marvel's Black Panther is likely to cement him as a household name, at least within the millenial crowd.

Don't miss him in: As Jackie Robinson in 42, Get On Up as James Brown.

Upcoming work: Gods of Egypt, Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther

4. Ben Whishaw

With a slew of upcoming projects accompanied by big Hollywood names, odds are good that Ben Whishaw will soon be one of those well known names. Whether playing a tech genius opposite Daniel Craig in Spectre or catching Eddie Redmayne's eye in The Danish Girl, Whishaw has got an eventful 2015 lined up. Don't miss him in: Bright Star, Cloud Atlas, SkyfallUpcoming work: Spectre, The Danish Girl, Suffragette, In the Heart of the Sea
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With a slew of upcoming projects accompanied by big Hollywood names, odds are good that Ben Whishaw will soon be one of those well known names. Whether playing a tech genius opposite Daniel Craig in Spectre or catching Eddie Redmayne's eye in The Danish Girl, Whishaw has got an eventful 2015 lined up.

Don't miss him in: Bright Star, Cloud Atlas, Skyfall

Upcoming work: Spectre, The Danish Girl, Suffragette, In the Heart of the Sea

3. Ezra Miller

Despite previous appearances in indie films, DC Comics single-handedly put Miller on the map last year when they announced that he would play Barry Allen, The Flash, in their 2016 adaptation. His comedic turn in Trainwreck this year as a sexually mature intern put him back on the big screen, and don't expect him to leave it any time soon.Don't miss him in: The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Trainwreck, and as Tilda Swinton's mentally disturbed son in We Need to Talk About Kevin.Upcoming work: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, The Flash.
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Despite previous appearances in indie films, DC Comics single-handedly put Miller on the map last year when they announced that he would play Barry Allen, The Flash, in their 2016 adaptation. His comedic turn in Trainwreck this year as a sexually mature intern put him back on the big screen, and don't expect him to leave it any time soon.

Don't miss him in: The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Trainwreck, and as Tilda Swinton's mentally disturbed son in We Need to Talk About Kevin.

Upcoming work: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, The Flash.

2. Domhnall Gleeson

While not quite a household name, Domhnall Gleeson has had a variety of good roles leading up to 2015. This year, his best work to date included a turn as a wannabe rocker opposite Michael Fassbender in Frank, a naive coder in Ex Machina, and he'll finally get to use his native Irish accent in Brooklyn. Gleeson also joins Machina co-star Oscar Isaac in a little upcoming film called Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Don't miss him in: In Time, Ex Machina, Frank, Anna KareninaUpcoming work: Brooklyn, Star Wars, The Revenant
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While not quite a household name, Domhnall Gleeson has had a variety of good roles leading up to 2015. This year, his best work to date included a turn as a wannabe rocker opposite Michael Fassbender in Frank, a naive coder in Ex Machina, and he'll finally get to use his native Irish accent in Brooklyn. Gleeson also joins Machina co-star Oscar Isaac in a little upcoming film called Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Don't miss him in: In Time, Ex Machina, Frank, Anna Karenina

Upcoming work: Brooklyn, Star Wars, The Revenant

1. Alicia Vikander

Vikander has exploded onto the American movie scene in the past year, namely with her chilling performance as robot Ava in Ex Machina. Critics at the Venice Film Festival are already naming her the quiet star of the upcoming The Danish Girl, and she is garnering awards circuit buzz for both roles. Don't miss her in: Ex Machina, Testament of Youth, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.Upcoming work: The Danish Girl, , The Light Between Oceans (with current boyfriend Michael Fassbender), and the upcoming untitled Bourne sequel with Matt Damon.
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Vikander has exploded onto the American movie scene in the past year, namely with her chilling performance as robot Ava in Ex Machina. Critics at the Venice Film Festival are already naming her the quiet star of the upcoming The Danish Girl, and she is garnering awards circuit buzz for both roles.

Don't miss her in: Ex Machina, Testament of Youth, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Upcoming work: The Danish Girl, , The Light Between Oceans (with current boyfriend Michael Fassbender), and the upcoming untitled Bourne sequel with Matt Damon.

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