With new film franchises emerging, 2020 is shaping up to be a breakout year for several rising stars. Up and coming actors will appear in superhero movies and adaptations of beloved childhood books.
Which new actresses and best young actors appear on this rising stars of 2020 list? John David Washington is near the top. Washington was a breakout star in Spike Lee's 2018 film BlacKkKlansman, for which he received critical and commercial acclaim. He is further stepping out from his father, Denzel Washington's, shadow in 2020 by starring in Christopher Nolan's Tenet. Kaitlyn Dever is also expected to build on her success in 2020. Though she had already appeared on Last Man Standing, Dever’s breakout role in 2019 was as Amy in Booksmart.
It could be a breakout year for Dixie Egerickx, who will be starring alongside Colin Firth and Julie Walters in the 2020 adaptation of The Secret Garden. Barry Keoghan is another of the up and coming actors to watch. He is going to enter the Marvel Universe starring as Druig in The Eternals. Did we miss any of your favorite popular young actors? Simply add them to the list below.
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From horror films (Midsommar) to classic adaptations (Little Women), Florence Pugh showed her vast range as an actress in 2019. This year, she will be joining the Marvel Universe as Yelena Belova in Black Widow.
Comedy fans are already in love with Awkwafina, and Hollywood is starting to take notice, following the rapper/actress's award-winning role in the 2019 film, The Farewell. Next, 2020 finds her starring, writing, and producing Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens for Comedy Central, as well as acting in Ryan Murphy's new musical comedy, The Prom.
It will surely be a breakout year in 2020 for Anya Taylor-Joy, as she is set to appear in a slew of projects including The New Mutants, Last Night in Soho, and Emma, in which she will play the title character. Her filmography already includes Glass, Thoroughbreds, and Peaky Blinders, among her other films and series.
Since being introduced to the world as Arya Stark in Game of Thrones, Maisie Williams has proven herself to be one of the most exciting young actresses in the business. In 2020, she is moving on from Westeros to appear in the upcoming X-Men film, The New Mutants.
Thanks to Booksmart, Unbelievable, and Them That Follow, 2019 was a huge year for Kaitlyn Dever. More success and recognition will surely continue in 2020 and beyond for the Last Man Standing star.
Sophia Lillis is stepping outside of of The Losers Club for a pair of compelling projects in 2020, Netflix's I Am Not Okay with This and Gretel & Hansel.
John David Washington has been making a name for himself in recent years with rolls in Ballers, BlacKkKlansman, and The Old Man and the Gun. It may just be his breakout year in 2020, as he is starring in Tenet, the latest project from Oscar-nominated director, Christoper Nolan.
Following critically-acclaimed performances in Leave No Trace and Jojo Rabbit, Thomasin McKenzie will be starring in a pair of films in 2020, Lost Girls and Last Night in Soho.
In 2020, 13-year-old actress Mckenna Grace is appearing in Troop Zero and Ghostbusters: Afterlife. She will also provide the voice of Daphne in the upcoming animated comedy, Scoob!.
Margaret Qualley had a huge 2019 with roles in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Fosse/Verden, Native Son, and more. In 2020, her star will continue to rise as she is set to star in My Salinger Year and The Chain.
With new seasons of You and The Haunting of Hill House in the works, Victoria Pedretti will have even more opportunities to impress fans in 2020.
For a while, George MacKay has been one of those actors that fans recognize, but they're not quite sure where from. Following his star-making performance in the Oscar-nominated 2019 film, 1917, his star will surely rise in 2020.
Liu Yifei is already a superstar in China, and she will soon become a household name in America, thanks to her starring role in the 2020 live action adaption of Mulan.
Noah Jupe will be starring alongside Nicole Kidman in the 2020 mini-series The Undoing, along with appearing the The Quiet Place Part II.
Ezra Miller has been quietly being awesome in everything from We Need to Talk About Kevin to Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. In 2020, his star will continue to rise with cameos as The Flash in several DC projects. Miller is also set to star as The Flash in a stand-alone film with a TBD release date.
After making her feature film debut in 2019's Babyteeth and Little Women, Eliza Scanlen will star alongside Tom Holland and Robert Pattinson in The Devil All the Time in 2020.
Jurnee Smollett-Bell has been acting since she was five years old, and 2020 may be the year she becomes a superstar. She will play Black Canary in Birds of Prey and Letitia Dandridge in Lovecraft Country.
Cynthia Erivo earned an Oscar nomination for Best Acting for her role as the title character in the 2019 film, Harriet. Next, 2020 finds her building on that success with a pair of compelling TV roles in The Outsider and Genius, the latter of which features Erivo in the role of Aretha Franklin.
Noah Centineo, of To All the Boys I've Loved Before and Sierra Burgess Is a Loser fame, will build on his success in 2020 with the sequel To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You and Jackie Chan's upcoming film, The Diary.
Alexandra Shipp already has an impressive filmography, but in 2020 her career will be bigger and better than ever. Along with appearing in the upcoming films All the Bright Places and Silk Road, she will also star alongside Michael Fassbender and Arnold Schwarzenegger in David Sandberg's movie Kung Fury 2.
Charlie's Angels breakout star Ella Balinska is building on her success in 2020 with Run Sweetheart Run.
In 2020, Elsie Fisher stars in her next live action feature film, The Shaggs, following her breakout success in Bo Burnham's Eighth Grade.
Queen & Slim actress Jodi Turner-Smith is set to star alongside Michael B. Jordan in the 2020 action thriller, Without Remorse. She has also been tapped to star in After Yang, which is also expected to be released in 2020.
Broadway fans know Anthony Ramos for originating the dual roles of John Laurens and Philip Hamilton in Hamilton. He's appeared in a few films to date, but 2020 will blast him into super-stardom as he is set to star in the film adaptation of In the Heights.