These actresses are about to be everywhere—study up so you know them first. (Especially handy come Oscar-ballot season.)
You may remember Thompson from her roles in Veronica Mars, Heroes, Dear White People, and Selma—but the actress is set to seriously break out alongside Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone in Creed, the newest Rocky movie.
Ready for a raw, emotional roller coaster? James White will be hitting theaters this November, starring Girls' Christopher Abbott and Cynthia Nixon in two powerful roles. Co-starring with them is Mackenzie Leigh, who plays Jayne—the foil (and love interest) of James White.
You may remember Mbatha-Raw from her breakout role in Belle (2013), and later in Beyond the Lights (2014) and Jupiter Ascending (2015). Next, you'll be seeing her in Concussion (2015) alongside Will Smith, which we'll have to wait for—as it hits Christmas Day.
The French-Canadian actress is ready to make waves stateside in The Walk, the story of the French high-wire Philippe Petit's attempt to cross the Twin Towers in 1974. (Also starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt.)
The British actress (and relative unknown) got the casting of a lifetime—and will star in Star Wars: The Force Awakens as Rey this fall, alongside heavy-hitters Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, and more.
If you don't know her by now in her roles Alice in Wonderland, Jane Eyre, and Madam Bovary, you'll definitely know her soon, when she stars alongside Tom Hiddleston in the horror-thriller Crimson Peak—helmed by Suspense Master Guillermo del Toro—set to release in October.
The hilarious (and Dave Franco betrothed) Brie may be known to Community fans, the actress is set to break out in Sleeping with Other People alongside Jason Sudeikis.
The actress is known for her roles in The Lovely Bones, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and How I Live Now, but she's definitely on the road to superstardom with the delightful and engrossing Brooklyn, a film about an Irish woman who comes to the U.S. in the 1950s.
Brie Larson is one of those actresses who always feels fresh, because her roles are always so immersive and new that you forget about the person behind the character—you're watching a performance. (See: The Spectacular Now and Short Term 12.) Such is the case with Room, a film adaptation of the book by the same name, which chronicles the life of a five-year-old who knows nothing beyond his mother (Larson) and the room he is raised in.
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