We take a look at a big star every so often because – well, big stars are interesting to everybody! But having just witnessed the 90th Academy Awards, it struck us that the landscape of Hollywood’s “A-list,” particularly as it pertains to women, is shifting. In the past few years we’ve seen young and incredibly talented women rise to the top of the industry, and by this point there’s a whole new club of young female stars we should get used to seeing for the next 10, 20, or maybe even more years. In this piece we’ll highlight some of those figures.
Gal Gadot occupied our Women Crush Wednesday slot recently, so we don’t need to say too much again. Suffice it to say she’s Wonder Woman, and she handled the role so well it’s starting to feel appropriate to stick with the moniker when referring to the real life actress. You have to love a rising star who becomes such a meaningful role model for young girls all over the world.
Robbie also made it into Women Crush Wednesday, and with good reason. The woman has a simply irresistible star power, first made clear to most of us via her stirring work in The Wolf Of Wall Street. She might prefer not to have attached her name to Suicide Squad, a dark comic book villain film that was more or less botched – but even there, she was viewed by most as the lone bright spot. Now having secured an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her work in I, Tonya, Robbie appears destined for bigger roles and big things in general.
Saoirse Ronan is one busy young woman. Still only 23 years old, she’s been nominated for awards at major shows for her work in 2007’s Atonement, 2015’s Brooklyn, and 2017’s Lady Bird. She’s one of the most respected young actresses working, and appears to have a knack for choosing critically acclaimed work (which means she’ll likely prove to have a great deal of staying power). For that matter, fresh off her latest Oscar nomination, Ronan is already being talked about in a new role. You can watch the trailer for The Seagull now, and it looks like another winning role for the talented young actress.
What can’t Lupita Nyong’o do? She burst onto the scene in 2013 with 12 Years A Slave and later won the Academy Award for Bset Supporting Actress for the film. She went on to voice a bizarre creature in the Star Wars universe. And most recently she starred alongside Chadwick Boseman in the smash hit Black Panther, which appears to have franchise potential even beyond or beside the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Everything this woman touches seems to turn to gold, and she’s fast becoming one of the best actresses in the business.
For an actress who’s only 29 years old, Alicia Vikander has accomplished a great deal. She has an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her work in The Danish Girl, and has also appeared in more crowd-pleasing films like Ex Machina and Jason Bourne. Her next role as Lara Croft may be her biggest though, from a commercial standpoint. The Croft character has already had a rebirth with several new video games across various platforms. And as one such game put it, she’s just as popular as ever. But Vikander will assume the role for the return of Tomb Raider to the big screen, and it could turn her into a modern woman’s Indiana Jones.
Jennifer Lawrence was the new name on the block about five years ago. And though her status as Hollywood’s biggest up-and-comer has shifted a bit and she’s had a few films perform worse than expected, she still belongs on any list like this one. Lawrence is an incredible talent who will almost undoubtedly find herself back in the Oscar nominations in due time.
Letitia Wright doesn’t have the name recognition most of these other women do, yet, but she did just have a major breakthrough playing the sister of Chadwick Boseman’s King T’Challa in Black Panther. Now, the word is that the 24-year-old actress is just getting started. She certainly exhibited a unique charm in Black Panther, and we’re not alone in saying we can’t wait to see where she pops up next.