Top 10: A new generation of acting talent to watch
According to London film expert, Will King
There is one main rule in the film industry – courtesy. For example, you never know whether that noisy seven year old girl in the crowd on set is the daughter of the director. The second is especially important for journalists – to remember people by name and face.
Here I detail the British and American actors who may be familiar already but their names are worth remembering: they will soon be on Hollywood's A-list.
Scott Eastwood, 28 years old
He's the new: Clint Eastwood
I remember the time when I learned of the existence of an Eastwood Jr. We sat with Douglas Booth and Freddie Fox at the London premiere of Sir Ridley Scott's The Counsellor just last year. Unassuming, the actor initially went by the name of Scott Reeves in the film Gran Torino in which he had a cameo alongside his father, Clint Eastwood. Eastwood Jr is the son of the acclaimed Hollywood legend and flight attendant Jacelyn Reeves. This year he will co-star in David Ayer's 2014 film, Fury with Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, and Logan Lerman, as well as taking the lead of the film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks's best-selling novel The Longest Ride set to premiere in early summer 2015.
Elle Fanning, 16 years old
She's the new: Michelle Williams
When in 10 or 20 years time Hollywood is looking for a new face to play that of Marilyn Monroe, I predict that they call upon the services of Elle Fanning. Having been around film sets since she was two years old, and recently taking on the role of Princess Aurora in Maleficent, at just 16-years old Fanning – younger sister of already well-established older sister Dakota – is something of a veteran already.
Logan Lerman, 22 years old
He's the new: Ryan Reynolds
Having appeared in the 2004 thriller film The Butterfly Effect, portraying a seven year-old version of Ashton Kutcher's character, Evan Treborn, Lerman is set to star in one of the main movies of next year, along with Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf and Scott Eastwood – Fury. Every time we meet I am left with the impression that this is a boy who still cannot believe he has made it – an ordinary guy from a good Jewish family, with maternal grandmother was born in Russia.
Chloe Grace Moretz, 17 years old
She's the new: Sophie Marceau
Chloe is a slight exception on this list – because she is actually already a fully-fledged star. In 2011 Moretz played Isabelle in Martin Scorsese's Hugo, a film adaptation of The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which was nominated for 11 Oscars. I recall at the time of filming, she was only 15 years old and clearly a very diverse actress, with a very pretty face that hides a lot of potential.
When she was 16, she confessed to me in an interview that the dreams of a career like that of Meryl Streep... And I think that over time she will succeed.
Will Poulter, 21 years old
He's the new: Mike Myers
When w talked for the first time, when Will Poulter was giving interviews for the film We're the Millers with Jennifer Aniston. What immediately struck me was his polite nature. This son of a professor, a cardiologist, he is a graduate of a private school, friends with Emma Watson and Cara Delevingne. After years of playing teenagers, I predict that he will find a niche in sharp American comedies and take over the unchallenged reign of Seth Rogen and Jason Segal – probably directed by Jude Apatow. Pay attention to a future superstar!
I predict that he will find a niche in sharp American comedies and take over the unchallenged reign of Seth Rogen
Emma Roberts, 23 years old
She's the new: Milla Jovovich
I'll admit that for California-based actress Emma Roberts, her chosen profession must have seemed like the normal thing to do. She is the daughter of actor Eric Roberts and the niece of the more famous Julia Roberts. And had her gene pool not helped, this is a girl who grew up in Los Angeles, went to acting school, and her debut on the big screen was as the daughter of Johnny Depp. Next year we will see Emma in the film Ashby with Mickey Rourke and Sarah Silverman, but until then we can make do with American Horror Story, which is scheduled for October.
Ezra Miller, 21 years old
He's the new: Johnny Depp
Although Miller made his breakthrough in the film We Need To Talk About Kevin, where he played the charismatically manic and dark lead role, alongside Tilda Swinton, he is set to star in other controversial roles this year. Namely Madame Bovary – an upcoming drama film directed by Sophie Barthes and starring Mia Wasikowska. During the interviews he seems to sometimes take on the controversial characters qualities – and likes to climb on a chair or suddenly start singing...
Freddie Fox, 23 years old
He's the new: Jude Law
As the son of British actors Edward Fox OBE and Joanna David who have starred in titles such as Sense and Sensibility and War and Peace, it was inevitable that Fox – and his older sister Emilia – would follow suit in some way. In the past he has worked successfully in London's West End in a play The Judas Kiss with Rupert Everett, and now he returns to cinema screens with two premieres: Posh and Frankenstein with Daniel Radcliffe.
Sophie Turner, 18 years old
She's the new: Julianne Moore
In the film world there will always be demand for refined aristocratic English ladies, and Sophie certainly fits the bill. Already a star in HBO's Game of Thrones, Sophie has just finished shooting pictures Barely Lethal with Jessica Alba and Alone with Ray Liotta. Given that the character of Sansa Stark will remain in in GoT for its following season, Miss Turner's career is sure to only stick around the same way.
Quvenzhané Wallis, 10 years old
She's the new: Halle Berry
When a child is seen starring in the likes of Oscar-winning film 12 Years A Slave, it can only be a good start. And then when American star Wallis took the lead role in the comedy Annie alongside Cameron Diaz – it's a sign things are going to get really good. Annie co-star Jamie Foxx has sung her praises in every interview he's given this year, and the young Miss Wallis is already on to her next drama – Fathers and Daughters with Amanda Seyfried and Russell Crowe. It seems that this is only the beginning of a long and successful career...