Actors to lookout for in the new year

Anne Lima

With this new year comes anticipation for new films such as “Suicide Squad” and “Finding Dory,” along with those new films come fresh faces in 2016.

This year is already looking to be a big year for many breakout actors that are looking to permanently solidify their status as household names. Some of the actors on this list are already known among film and TV fans, but coming into 2016 it looks like these stars could go from being familiar faces to A-list performers.

  1. Rami Malek


Oscar Isaac speaking at the 2015 San Diego Comic Con International.

This Los Angeles native and Notre Dame High School alum, Malek is most recognized for his roles in the “Night At The Museum” series, “Need for Speed” and recently his lead role in the critically acclaimed USA series “Mr.Robot,” which has already garnered accolades including a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a TV series-Drama, won a Globe and Critics Choice Television Awards for Best Drama series and a Critics Choice for best actor in a drama series. 

  1. Oscar Isaac

Helmed as the internet’s new boyfriend, the Guatemalan-born Juilliard graduate has been working in Hollywood since the late 90s mainly in films including “Drive,” “Inside Llewyn Davis” where Isaac got to show off his musical talent in both singing and guitar playing, the critically acclaimed film “Ex Machina” and now in the biggest grossing movie of all time, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Many are just now starting to take notice of the underrated talent of Isaac who recently received his first Golden Globe for HBO’s TV miniseries “Show Me A Hero.”

  1. Alicia Vikander

Born in Sweden, the young actress has been spoken about amongst critics within the industry, but with the promising career she has been building for herself in films such as, “Ex Machina,” “The Man From U.N.C.L.E” and in one of the most praised movies of this year, “The Danish Girl” which has been nominated for four Oscars including one for Vikander for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role.

  1. John Boyega

Boyega, a UK-born actor, starred as Finn in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and has been enjoying all the widespread fame the film has been so rightfully been garnering. Although, Boyega has just recently come to his own fame and public attention, his Instagram and Twitter profiles make you feel like such a proud parent watching their child embrace all this mayhem with such a great sense of humor and down to earth demeanor. You can also watch Boyega in films like the British Sci-Fi “Attack The Block” and “Imperial Dreams.”  

  1. Daisy Ridley

Another UK who has gained widespread fame and attention for her starring role in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Ridley has only been working in the industry for a few years, however with the filming of the new Star Wars already in production it’s a safe bet that Ridley will have more projects coming her way that will prove she is one of the fastest rising young stars.  

  1. Tessa Thompson

Never letting Hollywood’s limitations on women of color stop this 32-year-old actress from playing powerful performances that characters have delivered messages of strength and thoughtfulness Thompson’s breakout roles were in last year’s Oscar-nominated drama“Selma,” “Dear White People” and now “Creed,” the boxing film that continues from the “Rocky” series alongside Sylvester Stallone. Next is a lead role in HBO’s sci-fi series “Westworldwith Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood.

      7. Michael B. Jordan

With one of the most impressive and diverse TV and film roles on this list, Jordan has taken part in projects such as HBO’s drama hit series “The Wire,” then as star quarterback Vince Howard on NBC’s “Friday Night Lights.” He starred alongside Zac Efron and Miles Teller in “That Awkward Moment” but not before successfully breaking out in his first major leading film role as Oscar Grant in the Bio-drama, “Fruitvale Station,” which received the 2014 NAACP Image Awards and chosen as one of the Top Ten Films at the 2013 National Board of Review Awards. MBJ stars in yet another praised lead role in the film “Creed,” which holds a 94% on rotten tomatoes opposite Sylvester Stallone and Tessa Thompson.


8. Ezra Miller
Describing himself as Jewish and “spiritual” Miller is easily recognizable with his trademark long, shaggy dark hair and deep voice in his breakout film role as Patrick in the well-received 2012 teen drama “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.”.  The New Jersey native appeared in the one of the biggest films of 2015 “Trainwreck,” starring Amy Schumer. From being cast as the title film role “The Flash” and currently rumored to be appearing in the upcoming “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” film, there is much to be anticipated from Miller in this year and ones to follow.