13 Actors Poised to Break Out in 2017

2017 is set to be a big year in entertainment, with plenty of high-profile blockbusters, anticipated sequels, and exciting new TV shows headed our way. With so many exciting projects set to premiere over the coming months, there’s also plenty of opportunities for some up-and-coming actors to reach the next level of success in their careers. Below, check out 13 names that are poised to be the biggest breakout stars of 2017.

1. Fionn Whitehead

Fionn Whitehead in Dunkirk | EW

Fionn Whitehead in Dunkirk | EW

The 19-year-old London native will make his feature film debut in Christopher Nolan‘s upcoming World War II thriller, Dunkirk. The young star is basically a complete unknown in the industry, with only one prior credit to his name: a role in the three-part ITV miniseries, Him. Now, he’s set to make a huge splash portraying a British private named Tommy in the highly anticipated movie. Whitehead beat out dozens of others for the coveted lead role, following an exhaustive search by Nolan and several rounds of auditions.

2. Kelly Marie Tran

Kelly Marie Tran | CollegeHumor via YouTube

Kelly Marie Tran | CollegeHumor via YouTube

There’s no better vehicle to deliver your breakout performance in than in the Star Wars franchise — just ask Daisy Ridley. Tran is set to do just that this year, having nabbed a still undisclosed part in an upcoming movie you may have heard of, Star Wars: Episode VIII. Up until this point, Tran has mostly appeared in small TV roles, showing up in episodes of 2013’s Ladies Like Us, Lifetime’s Fall Into Me, and boasting a supporting role in Netflix‘s XoXo. But she’s set to rocket to full-fledged movie stardom with Episode VIII. Though details about her role haven’t been divulged, we know it will be a pivotal one and that the actress will reportedly share multiple scenes with John Boyega’s Finn.

3. Annabelle Wallis

Annabelle Wallis | Mark Davis/Getty Images

Annabelle Wallis | Mark Davis/Getty Images

The English actress has several notable TV credits on her resume, with past appearances in Showtime’s The Tudors, ABC’s short-lived Pan Am, and BBC’s Peaky Blinders. She also co-starred in 2014’s supernatural horror flick, Annabelle. But she’s set to take her career to the next level with this year’s The Mummy. The actress will star opposite Tom Cruise in Universal’s horror reboot, which will kick off the studio’s planned monster movie universe. Also on the docket for Wallis in 2017? She will play Maid Maggie in Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.

4. Dafne Keen

X-23 in Logan

Dafne Keen as X-23 in Logan | Donners’ Company

Keen is having a major breakout moment this year, thanks to her role as the young mutant X-23 in the upcoming Wolverine film, Logan. The movie — which will mark Hugh Jackman’s final turn as the iconic X-Men character — is only Keen’s second screen credit to date. She previously starred in the 2014 TV series, The Refugees. Needless to say, it’s an enormous break, but Keen is already proving up to the challenge. The actress has earned critical praise for her scene-stealing performance.

5. Bill Skarsgard

Bill Skarsgard | Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

Bill Skarsgard | Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

Skarsgard previously starred in Netflix’s horror series, Hemlock Grove, and appeared in 2016’s: Allegiant, but his most intriguing role is still to come. The actor has been cast as Pennywise the Clown in the long-developing remake of Stephen King’s It. Skarsgard nabbed the part earlier this year after Will Poulter exited the project and from the looks of the first images, the actor seems to be a solid replacement. If he can deliver a scary and thrilling interpretation of the infamous clown character, Skarsgard could have his biggest career year yet.

6. Zendaya

Zendaya | Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images

Zendaya | Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images

Zendaya is well-known among the Disney crowd, having previously starred in the sitcom Shake It Up and currently headlining the channel’s K.C. Undercover. But she’s set to garner more mainstream attention in 2017, thanks to her lead role in Spider-Man: Homecoming. The actress will play a love interest to Peter Parker (Holland), reportedly named Michelle (although it’s also been rumored she’ll play the latest version of the traditional character, Mary Jane Watson). And that’s not the only big role she has on the way. Zendaya will also co-star alongside Hugh Jackman in the upcoming biopic, The Greatest Showman, which hits theaters on Christmas 2017.

7. Ruby Rose

Ruby Rose | Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images

Ruby Rose | Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images

Rose had a memorable stint as a temporary Litchfield inmate in Season 3 of Netflix’s Orange is the New Black, but that was just the beginning of her acting career. The model-turned-actress co-stars in not one, not two, but THREE blockbuster action flicks in early 2017. In January, Rose was seen on the big screen as sniper Adele Wolff in xXx: The Return of Xander Cage. That same month, she also co-starred in the sixth and final installment of the Resident Evil franchise, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. She also played an assassin named Ares in John Wick: Chapter Two, which hit theaters in February.

And she’s not done yet. The actress will also show up in the highly anticipated sequel, Pitch Perfect 3, this December.

8. Dane DeHaan

Dane DeHaan | Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Dane DeHaan | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

DeHaan isn’t exactly a newbie to the industry, having appeared in movies like 2012’s Chronicle, 2013’s Kill Your Darlings, and 2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2. But after years of being labeled a rising star, the actor will finally achieve leading man status in 2017. DeHaan will star opposite Cara DeLevingne in Luc Besson’s anticipated sci-fi block, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. The film, based on the comic series of the same name, cost a whopping $180 million to date and could be the beginning of more high-profile projects for DeHaan.

9. Ray Fisher

Ray Fisher | Jeff Spicer/Getty Images

Ray Fisher | Jeff Spicer/Getty Images

Fisher garnered most of his acting experience in theater before landing the role of Cyborg in DC Comics’ movie universe. Though audiences got their first glimpse at the half-man, half-machine character in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, he’s expected to have a significantly more substantial role in this year’s highly anticipated team-up flick, Justice League. The film will not only give viewers a chance to get acquainted with Fisher’s version of the character, it’ll also help set up his 2020 solo movie and his rumored co-starring role in 2018’s The Flash.

10. Pom Klementieff

Pom Klementieff | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

Pom Klementieff | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

After appearing in 2011’s Sleepless Night and 2015’s Hacker’s Game, the French actress will make a big leap into comic book blockbusters with 2017’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The little-known actress will play the character of Mantis in the anticipated sequel, which marks her most biggest project to date by far. Aside from making her one of the newest members of the Marvel cinematic universe, the high-profile role is sure to garner plenty of attention for the actress. Case in point? Her brief scene in the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 trailer is already being lauded as a highlight by fans.

11. Finn Jones

Finn Jones | Craig Barritt/Getty Images

Finn Jones | Craig Barritt/Getty Images

To be fair, Jones isn’t new to high-profile TV shows. As Game of Thrones fans know he suffered a brutal death as Loras Tyrell in HBO’s fantasy epic. But he’ll headline his own show this year, with Netflix’s latest solo Marvel series, Iron Fist. The actor will bring the character of Danny Rand to life in the anticipated superhero show, before reprising the role in Netflix’s The Defenders (also expected to premiere sometime in 2017).

12. Tom Taylor

Idris Elba and Tom Tayllor in The Dark Tower | EW

Idris Elba and Tom Taylor in The Dark Tower | EW

Taylor will portray the pivotal character of Jake Chambers in the upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower. The young newcomer, who appeared in episodes of Doctor Foster, Legends, and The Last Kingdom in 2015, won the role after a worldwide casting search. Taylor will star opposite Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey in the long-awaited movie — not bad for a feature film debut!

13. Naomi Scott

Naomi Scott | Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images

Naomi Scott | Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images

Scott is best known for appearing on the short-lived sci-fi series Terra Nova back in 2011, but she’s about to see a rapid rise in profile. The actress will play Kimberly Hart aka the Pink Ranger in Lionsgate’s upcoming Power Rangers reboot. It’s a huge gig for Scott, as the blockbuster remake – which reportedly boasted a $150 million budget — is the first Power Ranger film of the 21st Century and could re-introduce the iconic franchise to a whole new generation.

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