We already posted one cinematic preview of 2018, pointing out some of the upcoming comedy films that look particularly fun. This time we’re taking another look ahead at some of the interesting movies that are on the way this year, only now we’re looking specifically at the actors. These are some of the people you might want to keep an eye on for potential breakout roles throughout the coming year.
1. Anya Taylor-Joy (The New Mutants)
Anya Taylor-Joy should have had a breakout role last year. She was sensational as one of three kidnapped girls in the M. Night Shyamalan film Split, and looked not only like a strong child actress but like a potential star.
However, so much of that movie revolved around the complex and terrific performance of James McAvoy that everyone else was somewhat overlooked. That probably won’t be the case this time around. Taylor-Joy will star as Magik, a brand new comic book adaptation for the big screen and one of the leaders of the “New Mutants” – the latest cinematic X-Men effort.
2. Donald Glover (Solo: A Star Wars Story)
Some might find the notion that Donald Glover needs a breakout role silly. He’s a very popular figure in the music and television industries already. Indeed his own show Atlanta was at the top of the list of newbies among Emmy nominees this year, even if it ultimately lost out to Veep for Outstanding Comedy Series.
Even having achieved this level of success however Glover has hardly touched the film industry in a major way, so this role should be a huge deal for his career. Glover will play a young Lando Calrissian in this movie about the early life of Han Solo.
3. Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody)
Rami Malek actually has a tale much like Glover’s (without the alter-ego in the music industry). That is to say he’s a very successful television actor who just hasn’t had a big screen breakthrough yet. Malek is best known for his role as the star in Mr. Robot, though we might argue he was even better in the World War II miniseries The Pacific several years ago.
This could be his major breakthrough however. Malek appears to be fully transformed playing the role of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in what ought to be a larger than life movie.
4. Storm Reid (A Wrinkle In Time)
The internet went into something of a celebratory uproar when Disney announced it had cast Storm Reid as Meg Murray in the upcoming adaptation of the iconic book A Wrinkle In Time. First off, it’s a win for diversity since the Meg in the book is typically depicted as white, and Reid is African-American. She’s also a relative unknown, despite a small role in 12 Years A Slave a few years ago.
We frankly don’t know what sort of talent Reid has, but this is a very big role and a perfect chance for Hollywood to discover a new star. Plus, with director Ava DuVernay and stars like Reese Witherspoon and Oprah Winfrey around her, she ought to do quite well.
5. Tessa Thompson (Avengers: Infinity War)
Thompson will be recognizable to audiences, having had a few impressive roles in film already. She appeared in 2015’s Creed and 2014’s Dear White People, and also had a role as Valkyrie in last year’s Thor: Ragnarok. But as we’ve seen before, the ensemble superhero projects tend to be even bigger than the solo films.
So just as Tom Holland had a breakthrough cameo as Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War, we might expect Thompson to make more of an impact in Infinity War. It’s a big film with a lot of roles and limited screentime, but if she shines brightly in her parts she’ll come out of it a star.