There are some very exciting movie stars under 30 right now turning in some great performances and building exciting careers to follow. When we think of “movie stars”, what are the first names that pop in our heads? Probably not anyone who’s under 30 years old. For some, it might be Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. Others might think of a legend like Robert DeNiro or Meryl Streep. And of course, we can’t forget the action superstar himself, Tom Cruise.
These are the five movie stars under 30 that I’m most excited about right now:
Kaitlyn Dever (Age 25)
Kaitlyn Dever has been making a name for herself for some time now, appearing in supporting roles in films like Bad Teacher, Short Term 12, and Beautiful Boy. She’s starting to take on more lead roles in films like Them That Follow, Booksmart, and Dear Evan Hansen. Her next film is Ticket to Paradise and she stars with George Clooney, Julia Roberts, and Billie Lourd; the film is scheduled for release on October 21, 2022.
Tom Holland (Age 26)
Tom Holland has a long career ahead of him, but he also has been making a name for himself since starring in The Impossible with Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts. After appearing in In the Heart of the Sea with Chris Hemsworth, he became beloved worldwide as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame, and his own Spider-Man trilogy. He’s also appeared in films like Onward, The Devil All the Time, Cherry, and Uncharted. His next film is an untitled Fred Astaire biopic that will be released in 2024.
Will Poulter (Age 29)
Will Poulter is no longer the annoying cousin Eustace in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader or the awkward Kenny from We’re the Millers. He has stayed booked and busy the past few years, appearing in the Maze Runner series, Detroit, and Midsommar. His next film is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 where he’ll be playing Adam Warlock; the film is scheduled for release on May 5, 2023.
Florence Pugh (Age 26)
Florence Pugh has been making all the right moves and is one of the best actors working today. She broke out to general audiences in Fighting With My Family, then went on to star in Midsommar and Little Women, the latter for which she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress. She has also entered the MCU as Yelena Belova and will take over the reins of Black Widow moving forward.
Pugh will also be appearing in the following upcoming films: The Wonder, Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, Oppenheimer, A Good Person, Due: Part Two, and The Maid. Her next film will be Don’t Worry Darling which will be released on September 23, 2022, and co-stars Harry Styles, Chris Pine, and Olivia Wilde (who is also directing the film).
Rachel Zegler (Age 21)
Steven Spielberg has always had an eye for talent and a gift for working with young actors. He struck gold again by casting Rachel Zegler as his Maria in West Side Story, for which she won a Golden Globe for “Best Actress – Musical or Comedy” at age 20. This made her the youngest person to win that award. Since then, she has been cast in the following films: Spellbound, Shazam: Fury of the Gods, Snow White, and The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songs and Snakes. That’s quite an impressive filmography and she’s just getting started. Spellbound will be released on November 11 on Apple TV+ and Shazam: Fury of the Gods will be released in theaters on December 21.