11 Breakout Fall Movie Stars: From ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ to ‘The Walk’

TheWrap Fall Movie Preview 2015 picks new crop of Hollywood up-and-comers

Last Updated: August 24, 2015 @ 8:36 PM

A new crop of fall movies is coming our way, and with that, new up-and-comers are hitting the big screen.

Whether they are relatively new to the industry (like Daisy Ridley of “Star Wars – The Force Awakens”) or they starred in TV shows prior to their big-screen break (like Dascha Polanco of “Orange Is the New Black”) or even are Tony-winning stage actors (hello, “Bridge of Spies” costar Mark Rylance), the list is full of future Oscar winners and A-listers.

Take a look at TheWrap’s chosen ones of who is going to make their big break this fall.

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ED SKREIN
Age:
32
Breakout role:
The London native plays a former special-ops mercenary zipping through the south of France in “The Transporter: Refueled.” (Sept. 4)
Why he’s about to break through: After appearing in TV shows such as “Game of Thrones” and “The Tunnel,” he scored the lead in “Refueled” — taking over the role of Frank Martin from Jason Statham who starred in the three previous films in the franchise.
Upcoming: He just completed “Kill Your Friends,” a crime comedy, and will star as Ajax in 2016’s “Deadpool” with Ryan Reynolds.

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CHARLOTTE LE BON
Age:
28
Breakout role:
The French Canadian actress plays the girlfriend of wire-walker Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon Levitt) in “The Walk.” (Sept. 30)
Why he’s about to break through: Last year, she appeared opposite Helen Mirren in last year’s “The Hundred-Foot Journey.” Now she graduates to leading lady in Robert Zemeckis’ high-profile fact-based drama.
Upcoming: She just landed another starring role in “The Promise” opposite Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac.

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JONNY BEAUCHAMP
Breakout role:
He appears in the fact-based indie “Stonewall.” (Sept. 25)
Why he’s about to break through: After a recurring role on Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful,” the actor gets a showy supporting role as an androgynous street kid and hustler who helps lead the riots that spark the modern gay-rights movement.
Upcoming: He stars in in 2016’s “The Nerve,” alongside Emma Roberts and Dave Franco.

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LEVI MILLER
Age:
12
Breakout role: Miller will take flight as the forever-young Peter Pan in Warner Bros.’ “Pan.” (Oct. 9)
Why he’s about to break through: Miller previously had a guest role on Fox’s “Terra Nova,” but “Pan” will easily be his biggest part to date.
Upcoming: He will star alongside Bryan Brown and Jason Isaacs in the Australian movie “Blue Dog” and was just cast in CBS’ “Supergirl” as the son of the heroine’s boss Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart).

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MARK RYLANCE
Age:
55
Breakout role: He plays a Russian spy opposite Tom Hanks’ American lawyer in Steven Spielberg’s Cold War thriller “Bridge of Spies.” (Oct. 16)
Why he’s about to break through: Already a legendary stage actor with three Tony Awards on his mantel, Rylance is likely to see his profile rise with a showy, accent-laden big-screen role.
Upcoming: He will play the titular big friendly giant in Spielberg’s “The BFG” next summer.

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AUBREY PEEPLES
Age: 21

Breakout role: She plays Jem in “Jem and the Holograms.” (Oct. 23)
Why she’s about to break through: After playing Layla Grant in NBC’s “Nashville,” she’s taking center stage in the title role in the big-screen version of the cult TV show from 1985 to 1988.
Upcoming: She stars as Anne Frank in the upcoming short “A Conversation: Anne Frank Meets God.”

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EMORY COHEN
Age:
25
Breakout role:
In the period love triangle “Brooklyn” (Nov. 6), he plays the American who woos Irish immigrant Saoirse Ronan even as she wrestles with her feelings for Domhnall Gleeson’s Irish gentleman.
Why he’s about to break through: The “Smash” star has generated major buzz for his performance since “Brooklyn” premiered at Sundance in January.
Upcoming: He will appear in “By Way of Helena” starring Liam Hemsworth and “Vincent-N-Roxxy” starring Emile Hirsche and Zoe Kravitz.

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DAISY RIDLEY
Age:
23
Breakout role:
The British actress nabbed the role of Rey in “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens.” (Dec. 18)
Why he’s about to break through: “Star Wars” has a massive fan following, and the franchise is sure to catapult Ridley to stardom and guarantee more roles for the 23-year-old.
Upcoming: She is starring in Peter Hearn’s horror comedy “Scrawl” as well as using her voice in the announced “Disney Infinity 3.0” video game.

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JOHN BOYEGA
Age:
23
Breakout role:
The London native is frolicking intergalactically as Finn in the “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens” (Dec. 18).
Why he’s about to break through: Boyega has been building buzz since the 2011 aliens-in-the-hood indie “Attack the Block,” and “The Force Awakens” promises to put him at the center of one of the galaxy’s biggest movie franchises.
Upcoming: He will also be voicing a character in “Disney Infinity 3.0,” reprising his role as Finn. He also shot “The Circle,” which is going to hit theaters in 2016 and costars Emma Watson and Tom Hanks.

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DASCHA POLANCO
Age:
33
Breakout role:
The featured player in Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black” appears opposite Jennifer Lawrence in David O. Russell’s “Joy.” (Dec. 25)
Why he’s about to break through: Polanco’s pregnant inmate Dayanara Diaz has been a fan favorite on “Orange,” and now she has a meaty role in “Joy” as as the title character’s best friend who helps her found a domestic-goods empire.
Upcoming: In addition to the fourth season of “Orange,” Polanco recently wrapped “The Perfect Match,” where she will share the screen with Terrence Jenkins and Paula Patton.

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LUKE BRACEY
Age:
26
Breakout role: Playing the Keanu Reeves role in Alcon’s “Point Break” remake.Why he’s about to break through: With a leading role opposite Gerard Butler, Bracey is set to become the next in a long line of former “Home & Away” stars — a list that includes Chris Hemsworth, Isla Fischer and Heath Ledger — to hit it big.
Upcoming: Starring with Michiel Huisman and Nick Stahl in “American Dream.”