10 Young A-Listers in Every Studios’ Most-Wanted List: Zendaya isn’t Even in Top 5, Tom Holland isn’t Even on the List

Behold the top 10 rising young actors, set to conquer Hollywood with their undeniable talent and captivating performances.

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  • Highlighted are the top 10 young actors anticipated to dominate the box office in the near future, praised by studios as the industry's brightest talents.
  • Notable omissions, such as Tom Holland, did not make the cut.
  • These rising stars are poised to make significant waves in Hollywood.
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The ever-changing Hollywood has a range of young prodigies whose presence effectively guaranty surefire success. According to a recent list published by The Hollywood Reporter, these Hollywood actors are set to dominate the box office in the upcoming seasons. Here is the roster of the 10 most sought-after young A-listers, whose talents and charisma have captivated audiences in their limited time in the industry.


1. Austin Butler

Austin Butler as Feyd Rautha in Dune 2
Austin Butler as Feyd Rautha in Dune 2 | Warner Bros. Pictures

This actor currently has a slew of movies lined up, with scripts pouring in daily, particularly following his successes in Elvis and Dune 2. Most recently, Jeff Nichols has brought him on board for The Bikeriders, set in the ’60s while Darren Aronofsky has selected Austin Butler to star in his next film, Caught Stealing. According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Everybody wants him to be the lead of everything,” making the actor the everything that industry needs at the moment.

2. Timothée Chalamet

Timothée Chalamet as Atreides in Villeneuve's saga.
Timothée Chalamet as Atreides in Villeneuve’s saga | Warner Bros. Pictures

Although it wouldn’t be wrong to say it is a good time to be Timothee Chalamet, he has always been the golden boy of Hollywood. With blockbusters like Wonka and Dune 2, and excellent stories such as Call Me by Your Name and Beautiful Boy, the actor certainly knows how to combine the best of both worlds. Thus, the studio is dying for him to say yes. As a producer reveals,


Timothée is the most proven of the new A-list.

Currently busy filming the Bob Dylan biopic under James Mangold’s direction, discussions are also underway for a potential sequel to Wonka, while Villeneuve has aspirations to helm Dune: Messiah in the future.

3. Jacob Elordi

Jacob Elordi in Saltburn
Jacob Elordi in Saltburn | MGM

Having turned down the all-time favorite and iconic role of the superhero, Superman, and achieving success with Saltburn, the actor has emerged as one of the most coveted talents in the industry today. Jacob Elordi’s inclination towards intricate and compelling narratives has long captivated fans. At present, he is busy filming Guillermo del Toro’s Frankenstein and is set to make waves with his debut at Cannes in Paul Schrader’s Oh, Canada.

4. Paul Mescal

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Paul Mescal in All of Us Strangers| Searchlight Pictures

As it turns out, this actor is currently the object of all Hollywood’s desires. Coming in at number 4 is Paul Mescal, known for his taste in exceptional indie films.


With executives saying,

 Every filmmaker loves Paul Mescal. But audiences don’t [yet] know who he is

The ultimate trial of Mescal’s stardom awaits in November with the premiere of Ridley Scott’s Gladiator sequel. Following Normal People, he did The Lost Daughter, followed by the Aftersun, premiering at Cannes.

5. Jenna Ortega

Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams in Netflix's Wednesday
Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams in Wednesday | Netflix

Jenna Ortega is set to become the queen of goth, as fans eagerly anticipate the release of Beetlejuice Beetlejuice. After her stint in horror with the Scream franchise, she’s making significant strides in the industry and has become someone everyone wants to collaborate with.


The internet’s obsession with her has now finally translated into tangible results. The actress’ upcoming projects include Sony’s Klara and the Sun directed by Taika Waititi, along with the A24 dark comedy Death of a Unicorn.

6. Glen Powell

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Glen Powell in Top Gun: Maverick / Paramount Pictures

From bit parts in Hidden Figures to Top Gun: Maverick, he has worked his way up.  But it was Hit Man and Anyone But You that really pushed Glen Powell into the A-list. Now flooded with offers, he’s diving into everything from Edgar Wright’s Running Man remake to JJ Abrams’ next film. And while he’s chasing the “movie star” dream, he’s also cooking up a TV series with the Manning brothers and even writing a Broadway musical.

7. Florence Pugh

Florence Pugh in a still from Dune: Part Two
Florence Pugh in a still from Dune: Part Two | Warner Bros. Pictures

Florence Pugh soared into the spotlight with her standout performance in the indie hit Lady Macbeth back in 2016. From there, she nabbed an Oscar nomination for Greta Gerwig’s Little Women and never looked back. She’s currently involved in projects like the upcoming romance We Live in Time, alongside Andrew Garfield. Additionally, Pugh has embraced the Marvel universe, landing roles in Black Widow and Thunderbolts.


8. Sydney Sweeney

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Sydney Sweeney in Immaculate | NEON

From her standout performances in Euphoria to her recent success in Anyone But You. Sydney Sweeney is a force to be reckoned with, she’s always in the spotlight, and it seems like there’s no stopping her. Studios are clamoring to work with her, recognizing her undeniable talent and versatility.

Whether she’s captivating audiences on screen or making waves behind the scenes, Sweeney’s presence is felt everywhere in Hollywood.

9. Anya Taylor-Joy

Anya Taylor-Joy as Furiosa in the film's trailer.
Anya Taylor-Joy as Furiosa

The chess queen diva, Anya Taylor-Joy‘s trajectory toward stardom seems written in the stars, her path lit by one blockbuster performance after another. Now, she’s set for the next leap, starring in the anticipated Scott Derrickson feature, The Gorge, rumored to delve into a love story amidst two assassins. Additionally, she’s set to captivate audiences in Sacrifice, a thriller with Chris Evans.


10. Zendaya

A still from Challengers
A still from Challengers |MGM

It’s Zendaya’s time to shine, and the fans are all here for it. Ruling both fashion and film with grace. From her impeccable style to her diverse roles, she’s conquering it all. The current obsession of Gen Z, she’s not just a fashion icon, Zendaya is a bona fide movie star. It’s no secret how many people are eager to collaborate with her. Multitalented and multifaceted, she truly can do it all.


Written by Sampurna Banerjee

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Sampurna Banerjee, an ardent enthusiast of pop culture and movies, pours her passion into her role as a writer for FandomWire. With a penchant for Marvel, DC, and sitcoms, she has contributed over 400 articles, staying up-to-date to the entertainment industry's latest buzz. Moreover, she's penned over 300 articles for Animated Times and shared her work across several Instagram pages. Currently she is pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Calcutta University.