Top 10 young movie stars to look out for in 2020: Noah Jupe in 'A Quiet Place', Elsie Fisher in 'The Shaggs' and more

Top 10 young movie stars to look out for in 2020: Noah Jupe in 'A Quiet Place', Elsie Fisher in 'The Shaggs' and more
Stills from 'Little Women' (Florence Pugh), 'Euphoria' (Storm Reid), 'Honey Boy' (Noah Jupe), and 'The New Mutants' (Maise Williams) [IMDb]

Aah, the promise of youth. Our list of Top 10 young starlets who will make a splash in 2020 shows that neither age nor experience can truly predict success - not if you have raw talent and an innate inability to wow the audience. On the cusp of major A-list stardom, the actors and actresses on our list have everything going for them as we usher in the new year.  

Noah Jupe

Noah Jupe already won over critics with his nuanced portrayal of a child star having to grow up too soon in 'Honey Boy' (2019). His character, based on Shia LaBeouf's childhood, required maturity and charisma that Jupe displayed on-screen.

Starring opposite LaBeouf (who played his abusive dad in the movie), Jupe brought home the vulnerability of a child star who smiles for the camera despite the heartbreak. In 2020, Jupe will reprise his role as Marcus Abbott, the oldest son of Lee and Evelyn in the sequel of 'A Quiet Place'. Given that the first movie did so well, Jupe might have another hit movie to add to his resume. 

Elsie Fisher

Elsie Fisher plays the role of Joy in 'Castle Rock' (Hulu)

The young actress's breakout role in the realistic coming-of-age movie in the age of social media, 'The Eight Grade' (2018), has already made her a darling of the critics. She also held her own ground against some phenomenal acting talent, from Lizzy Caplan to Tim Robbins, in the TV series 'Castle Rock' (2019).

In 2020, we see the young actress take her first starring role since 'The Eight Grade' in 'The Shaggs'. The musical feature is based on the real-life story of the Wiggin sisters, three musically inept teenagers from New Hampshire who, in 1968, recorded one of the most infamous rock-and-roll albums of all time, 'Philosophy of the World'. We can see why Elsie Fisher with her girl-next-door vibe was a perfect fit for the role.

Storm Reid

Storm Reid in 'Euphoria' (IMDb)

You know her as "Meg Murry", the girl who fights the darkness within as she goes in search of her father in the fantasy film 'A Wrinkle in Time' (2018). 2019 was a good year for Reid as well with star turns in the TV series 'Euphoria' as the younger sister of Rue, played by Zendaya and in the thought-provoking 'When They See Us'.

In 2020, we see Reid in 'The Invisible Man', a loosely based adaptation of H. G. Wells' novel by the same name. It could bring Reid the popular acclaim that will vault her into instant A-list fame if it succeeds at the box office. 

Anna Taylor Joy

Anya Taylor-Joy in 'The New Mutants' (2020) (IMDb)

Once you see Anna Taylor Joy's otherworldly beauty, it is difficult to forget her. Especially since her appearance is only the icing on the cake given her raw acting talent. She first came to our attention with the period horror film 'The Witch' (2017) and her riveting on-screen presence in M Night Shyamalan's 'Split' and 'Glass' and the TV series 'Peaky Blinders'.

Stepping away from the horror genre, get ready to see her reinvent herself in 2020. She will play the lead role in 'Emma', an upcoming comedy-drama film based on the novel with the same name by Jane Austen. But just in case you can't get enough of the actress in the sci-fi and horror films, you also have 'The New Mutants', described as a superhero horror film, the thirteenth and final installment in the X-Men film series.

Florence Pugh

Florence Pugh (front) with Timothée Chalamet in 'Little Women' (IMDb)


Florence Pugh is known as the breakout star of 'Midsommer' that odd little gem of a film that 2019 gifted to us. Now she is taking on the challenging role of Amy, the least loved sister in Greta Gerwig's adaptation of 'Little Women'.

Pugh has the unenviable task of making her character relatable as Gerwig's film dives into a deeper exploration of the sister who we never really pay attention to in the books and the numerous adaptations since. Stepping away from indie films in 2020, Florence Pugh will ride the Marvel box office juggernaut with the much anticipated 'Black Widow'.

She will play Yelena Belova, Natasha Romanov’s sister-spy from the Red Room. She could take over the mantle of "Black Widow" in the future since Scarlett Johansson is retiring from playing the iconic character.  

Eliza Scanlen 

Eliza Scanlen in 'Little Women' (IMDb)

Who can forget the bratty yet vulnerable younger sister, Amma Crellin, in the disturbing limited 2019 TV series 'Sharp Objects' starring alongside Amy Adams and Patricia Clarkson? Eliza Scanlen also scored her first big ticket film role in Greta Gerwig's 'Little Women' as Elizabeth "Beth" March after her feature film debut in the Australian film 'Babyteeth'.

Cementing her reputation as a young star who knows how to pick winning scripts, she will star in 'The Devil All the Time' in 2020, a psychological thriller featuring an ensemble cast with Tom Holland, Sebastian Stan, Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska, Bill Skarsgard and Haley Bennett. The Netflix film set post World War II in 1960s Ohio and follows a non-linear storyline of people who suffer from damages in the post-war era.

Maise Williams

Maisie Williams in 'The New Mutants' (2020)

We saw her grow up on-screen in 'Game of Thrones' and have a soft spot for this fan-favorite actress on the series. She will step into the big bad world of movies with X-Men franchise's 'The New Mutants'.

It is not a bad start for the star who will play Rahne Sinclair aka Wolfsbane, a Scottish mutant struggling to reconcile her religious beliefs with her power to turn into a wolf. It's a role she can really bite into.

Millie Bobbie Brown

Millie Bobby Brown in Godzilla (IMDb)

Given her gigantic fan following for her role as Eleven on 'Stranger Things', it is no wonder studios were lining up to sign her up for projects. 2019 has already seen her star in 'Godzilla'.

In 2020, not only will she star in the follow-up film 'Godzilla Vs. Kong', but also 'Enola Holmes'. In 'Enola Holmes', she will play the lead character of Sherlock Holmes' younger sister Enola, giving us a female version of our favorite detective.

Finn Wolfhard

Finn Wolfhard in 'Stranger Things' (IMDb)

If Millie Bobbie Brown is on our list, can Michael "Mike" Wheeler, played by Finn Wolfhard be far behind. The child star of 'Stranger Things', starred in  'IT', 'IT Chapter 2', showing a preference for cult classics.

In a bit of apt casting, Wolfhard will be seen in the 2020 'Ghostbusters: Afterlife' and 'The Turning', an adaptation of the 1898 horror novella 'The Turn of the Screw' by Henry James. Good picks, kid!

Kaitlyn Dever

A still from 'Unbelievable'. (Netflix)

After her stellar performance in 'Unbelievable' and 'Booksmart', Dever has gone underground for a bit with no new 2020 movie announced. But with Variety already naming her as an "actor to watch out for", Dever has a long career ahead of her.

She has already secured a Golden Globe Award nomination for her work in 'Unbelievable'. We won't be surprised if Dever doesn't announce a film in 2020 soon that will bring her talent to the big screen, sooner than later.

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