Star Struck: 5 Up-and-Comers You’ll Love Watching

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Brenton Thwaites, The Giver

Each year, we anxiously wait for highly anticipated movies to be released. With each of those anticipated movies, there is usually an actor or two who scores a leading role, quickly boosting them up to Hollywood star status. This year is no exception — there are plenty of great films hitting theaters, with a supply of fresh, young faces ready to take over the Hollywood scene. Here are five up-and-coming actors you can except to see a lot more of this year.

1. Brenton Thwaites

The 24-year-old Australian is set to break out in not one, but three movies this summer, per Vulture. You may recognize the rising star from the Lifetime movie Blue Lagoon: The Awakening, where he played Dean McMullen, a slacker who gets stranded on an island with high school student Emma Robinson (Indiana Evans.) The couple is forced to rely on each other for survival, and eventually end up falling for each other. As time goes on, the couple is forced to realize they may never be rescued.

The first movie on Thwaites’summer docket is Maleficent. In the revamped version of Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, Thwaites stars alongside Angelina Jolie as Prince Philip. The movie, set to come out May 30, explores the untold story of the Sleeping Beauty villain and the betrayal that drove her to seek revenge, eventually causing her to cast a spell on the king’s newborn infant, Aurora.

Thwaites then takes a stab at sci-fi in The Signal, which will hit theaters June 13, according to Rotten Tomatoes. In the movie, he plays Nic, a college student/hacker who goes on a road trip through the American southwest with a few other student hackers. When they’re lured into the desert by a rival hacker, they’re forced to follow clues set up by the computer genius. Eventually, the students are drawn to an isolated area, where everything suddenly goes dark. “When student Nic regains consciousness, he faces a nightmarish situation, discovering that he and his classmates are being held in some sort of government facility. What does the genius hacker, who goes by the name Nomad, want with the students he’s been tracking, and do they have any hope of getting out alive?” writes Stack.

Thwaites rounds out his trio of summer movies with The Giver, based on Lois Lowry’s classic tale. It opens August 15, and he plays Jonas, a boy who is chosen to become the community’s new Receiver of Memory, meaning he is the only person who can recall what life was like before sameness descended. Jonas begins his training under the outgoing Receiver (read: The Giver, who is played by Jeff Bridges), but he begins to realize how much people actually lost when they elected to instill sameness everywhere. Finally, Jonas decides to take drastic action to permanently change things, according to Entertainment Weekly.

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