6 Up-and-Coming Hollywood Talents That Should Be On Your Radar


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Left to Right: Grace Van Patten, Hong Chau, Zazie Beetz, Tuppence Middleton, Letitia Wright, Awkwafina


The New Yorker joins Noah Baumbach’s dysfunctional-family flick The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), alongside Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, and Emma Thompson. “Emma and I’d be talking, Noah would yell ‘Action!,’ and she’d snap into her crazy-drunk character. It was amazing,” says Van Patten, who next joins Andrew Garfield in Under the Silver Lake.

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Chau—previously in 2014’s Inherent Vice and HBO’s Treme—stars opposite Matt Damon in Oscar winner Alexander Payne’s Downsizing as Vietnamese humanitarian Ngoc Lan, who enters a world where humans are miniaturized to conserve resources. “I get asked why Alexander wrote an Asian female character,” Chau says. “Why not? If you don’t question why Matt’s character is there, why question why mine exists?”


After a breakout first season on FX dramedy Atlanta as Donald Glover’s on-again, off-again girlfriend, Beetz joins Ryan Reynolds in June’s Deadpool sequel. “Domino’s power is luck,” says Beetz of her character’s abilities. “She’s funny—sarcastic, dry, and quippy. She historically doesn’t take shit from people.”


In this month’s The Current War, the British actress (from Netflix drama Sense8 and 2015’s Jupiter Ascending) plays American icon Mary Edison, whose husband, Thomas (Benedict Cumberbatch), races to electrify the modern world. “She’s one of the first celebrities of her time, but she’s not bothered with the graces that come with a high-profile life,” Middleton says.


“Comic-Con was amazing,” says the Guyanese British actress, who plays the tech-savvy Princess Shuri in Marvel’s star-studded Black Panther. “We saw the new trailer, and I bugged out. Danai [Gurira] put her hand over my mouth, but I was like, ‘I can’t shut up!’” Next, Wright joins Black Mirror‘s fourth season; the Liam Neeson thriller The Commuter; and Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One.


The New York rapper and former cast member of MTV’s Girl Code Live stars with Constance Wu in the summer comedy Crazy Rich Asians, and in June, she’ll become one of Ocean’s 8 with Rihanna, Anne Hathaway, and Cate Blanchett. “For one of my first performances, I rapped [my song] ‘Queef’ in front of Gloria Steinem,” Awkwafina says. “She said I was brave. I don’t know if it was a compliment, but I take it as the highest honor.”

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On Van Patten: Dress, bra, shorts, boots, all Calvin Klein 205W39NYC, On Chau: Top, skirts, belt, all Prada. Bra, Yasmine Eslami. Rings, both Chopard, Sandals, Manolo Blahnik. On Beetz: Jacket, pants, both Creatures of Comfort, Hoop earrings, Shay Jewelry. Ring, Anita Ko. Sandals, Christian Louboutin. On Middleton: Sweater, Unravel. Skirt, Paco Rabanne. Boots, Dior. On Wright: Jacket, shirt, pants, all Gucci. Slides, Victoria Beckham. On Awkwafina: Jacket, top, shorts, all Off-White C/O Virgil Abloh, Pumps, Manolo Blahnik.

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This article originally appears in the November 2017 issue of ELLE.

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