Every year, Hollywood film makers introduce to the world a fresh batch of up and rising teen actors and actresses ready to take on different roles that have made some of silver screen’s most enduring names. While there are literally hundreds of young stars today, the following are showing great promise. And with 2016 already towards the second half, these teens and young stars are sure to hit it big in the next couple of years or so.
Bailey Madison – At sweet 16, Bailee first began acting when she was only about 7 years old in the film Lonely Hearts where she portrayed Rainelle Downing. She has been credited with working with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars like Natalie Portman, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Tobey Maguire. She also got nominated for a Critics Choice Movie Award for her portrayal of Betty Ann Waters in Brothers, a 2009 feature film.
Mackenzie Foy – Also a sweet 16-er, Mackenzie is best known for her role as Renesmee from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn fame. She started out in 2004 as a child model for Guess Kids, Polo Ralph Lauren, and Garnet Hill as well as other big name companies like The Walt Disney Company, Gap, Guess, and Mattel. She is expected to play Clara in The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.
Ty Simpkins – At such a young age, Ty has accomplished what many aspiring stars can only dream of – play a role in 2 of the planet’s biggest blockbuster movies of all time. Ty played Harley Keener, the kid who helped Tony Stark get through his PTSD in Iron Man 3, and Gray as the wide-eyed dino-loving kid in Jurassic World. He started his acting career as Jack Manning in One Life to Live in 2001.
Morgan Lily – While her role as the young Raven in X-Men: First Class was quite brief, Morgan’s role as Lilly Curtis in the doomsday film 2012 did show her acting abilities. This 16 year old began her acting career in the 2005 film Shards playing the role of Morgan. She has had 18 credits to her name since then, including Juveniles which is now in post-production.
Levi Miller – Born in 2002, Australian Levi gave one of the most spectacular performances of his young career in the 2015 fantasy adventure film Pan, providing a very interesting take on the beginnings of the Peter Pan-Captain Hook feud.
Dakota Goyo – If playing the role of a young Thunder God in the 2011 Marvel Cinematic Universe instalment of Thor is noteworthy, then Dakota’s role as Max Kenton in Real Steel opposite Hugh Jackman is something of a masterpiece. With 19 credits to his name, this young teen also voiced the character of Jamie Bennett in the animated film Rise of the Guardians.
Max Charles – This 12 year old should never be taken lightly. He has been nominated at the 2016 Saturn Awards as Best Young Actor on a Television Series. While many of his credits are in television, he did voiced the character of Sherman in Mr. Peabody and Sherman.
There are plenty of other young teens who are already making it big in the silver screen. It’s just a matter of time before they get the huge break they need.