Young Hollywood on the Rise

Writer: Lauryn Jackson

This year has been stellar for the movie industry and its stars on the big screen. From Dunkirk’s Fionn Whitehead to Baby Driver’s Ansel Elgort, young actors have started a trend of “stealing the show” in today’s films. The trend doesn’t stop with these summer blockbusters though. This upcoming fall holds much promise for Hollywood’s youth to keep stepping into the limelight. Several films to look forward to include Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, and It which both put modern twists on flicks from the 90s.

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The upcoming 2017 film It serves as a reimagination of the franchise that stemmed from the popular novel by Stephen King. Already famously known for his starring role as Mike Wheeler in Netflix’s smash hit series Stranger Things, Finn Wolfhard joins the cast of aspiring young actors in the film. The group of friends who band together against the infamous clown demon, Pennywise The Dancing Clown, are played by Sophia Lillis, Jaeden Lieberher, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, and Jeremy Ray Taylor. Despite portraying kids in “The Losers’ Club”, these Hollywood tweens look to be winners on-screen. Get spooked by this nostalgic thriller when it hits theaters next month on September 8th.

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In this reboot of the classic film Jumanji, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle introduces a new storyline and a cast of both familiar and fresh faces. Apart from the film’s well-known actors, Jack Black, Dwayne Johnson, and Kevin Hart, the cast features Madison Iseman, Morgan Turner, Ser'Darius William Blain, Nick Jonas, and Alex Wolff. This version of the film depicts Jumanji as a vintage video game that four kids stuck in detention find while cleaning out their school’s basement. The lineup of new actors are accompanied by the Hollywood stars who act as the avatars that the kids choose in the game. Though it may be hard to beat the iconic performances shown in the original movie, this twist on an old favorite seems promising. Catch it in theaters December 20th.