You might need some shades because the star power on this list is bright! Join Wonderwall.com as we introduce you to some of the slaying-est celebrities you might not know yet, but certainly will see more of in 2018… starting with this guy. Chances are, you already know about Alden Ehrenreich. The handsome Los Angeles-born actor got his start in 2009's "Tetro" but really made waves in the 2013 supernatural romance "Beautiful Creatures." Since then, he's taken on roles in several films including "Hail Caesar!" and "The Yellow Birds." Alden's about to become a household name, however, as he takes on the title role of Han Solo in the Ron Howard-directed sci-fi action adventure "Solo: A Star Wars Story," which hits theaters in May 2018. Although Alden tries to keep his personal life private, he was previously romantically linked to actress Kelsey McNamee. Keep reading for more…
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Sure, Millie Bobby Brown's only 13 but she's on track to take over Hollywood before she's old enough to drive. Along with her role as Eleven aka Elle on Netflix's "Stranger Things," the English actress is also set to star in the 2019 sci-fi adventure "Godzilla: King of Monsters," plus she signed with IMG Models in 2017 — meaning we're going to be seeing her gorgeous face all over.
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If you don't already know Daniel Kaluuya, then your movie watchlist needs an update. The British actor was one of the most talked-about stars of 2017 — thanks to his masterful performance in the mystery thriller "Get Out." In addition to lending his voice to the upcoming animated miniseries "Watership Down," Daniel has a role in the highly anticipated 2018 Marvel Universe adventure "Black Panther" as well as in the crime thriller "Widows." For now, the only way you're going to catch Daniel is on the big screen because he doesn't use any form of social media.
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Jessie Reyez is a Canadian-born Colombian singer-songwriter who's passionate, powerful musical performances will leave you breathless. In 2016, she released her first two singles, "Shutter Island" and "Figures" (go watch the video for this one on YouTube — it's raw heartbreak at its finest), followed by her debut EP, "Kiddo," in 2017. While she's already picking up major steam in Canada (she reached No. 58 on Billboard's Canadian Hot 100 chart), she's just starting to simmer in the U.S. — but not for long. She's already appeared as a musical performer on "Late Night with Seth Meyers" and "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" and has worked with major players in the music industry like Calvin Harris and Romeo Santos.
You might know Danai Gurira better as Michonne on "The Walking Dead," but she's got a lot more to offer fans than taking out zombies and helping Rick protect his followers. In the 2017 Tupac Shakur biopic "All Eyez on Me," Danai played Afeni Shakur — Tupac's mom. She followed up the role with parts in the upcoming superhero sagas "Black Panther" and "Avengers: Infinity War," where she'll play Okoye, the leader of the Dora Milaje (wives in waiting for the king of Wakanda, who also serve as his elite personal security team).
Karan Soni has been one busy guy. His big break happened in 2012 when he was cast as Arnau in "Safety Not Guaranteed" followed by a recurring role on the TV series "Geo's Pizza." However, you might also recognize him as "Network Guy" from those hilarious AT&T commercials in 2014. In 2016, Karan appeared in the hit superhero comedy adventure "Deadpool" (as Dopinder, the taxi driver) and in the "Ghostbusters" reboot. In 2017, he popped up in numerous films and TV shows including "Rough Night," "Unicorn Store" and "The Goldbergs." In 2018, Karan has four films on the horizon: "Office Uprising," "Monumental," "Little B—-es" and the yet-to-be-named "Deadpool" sequel!
Take a good long look at Lena Waithe, because she's making history as we speak. In 2017, Lena became the first African-American woman to win a Primetime Emmy for best comedy writing (for "Master of None," on which she plays Denise alongside comedy star Aziz Ansari). She's also an advocate for the LGBTQ community. Lena's got a role in the upcoming 2018 sci-fi drama "Ready Player One," plus she's the creator and lead writer for the upcoming TV drama "The Chi," which airs its pilot episode on Jan. 7, 2018. As if that wasn't enough, Lena was just announced as a new addition to the TV series "Dear White People" on which she'll play P Ninny — a reality show rapper.
Jacob Tremblay might be young, but this 11 year old has a lot of credits under his belt. The Canadian star got his first break in 2013 when he voiced Blue in "The Smurfs 2." He followed the part with a few TV appearances before landing the role of young Jack in the heart-wrenching drama "Room" starring Brie Larson. The part earned him his first Screen Actors Guild Award nomination as well as his first Critics Choice Award. In 2016, the busy youngster appeared in three major motion pictures including "Shut In" and "Before I Wake." In 2017, Jacob took on one of his most memorable roles to date playing Auggie, a child born with a facial deformity, in the movie "Wonder." He also appeared in the crime drama "The Book of Henry." Up next for Jacob is the lead role in the 2018 horror reboot "The Predator" followed by "The Death and Life of John F. Donovan."
Storm Reid, 14, has quite literally taken Hollywood by storm and we're predicting hurricane force winds as her career grows. The young actress's first big-screen role was in 2013's Oscar-winning film "12 Years a Slave," which she followed with parts in "The Summoning," "Sleight" and the family adventure "Santa's Boot Camp." In 2017, Storm starred in the comedy "A Happening of Monumental Proportions" and was cast as the lead in one of the most anticipated films of 2018 — "A Wrinkle in Time," which arrives in theaters on March 9. Other projects in the works for this talented star include the sci-fi thriller "Only You" and the comedy "Killing Winston Jones." Storm shared that Oprah Winfrey once told her "don't waste energy on negative things" and encouraged her to put "energy into positive things." It seems that advice has served her well.
This writer, producer and director might have only worked on a few films in his relatively young eight-year career, but the depth of his movies and the exciting new projects he's got in the works means Ryan Coogler is someone you need to know. Ryan broke into Hollywood in 2013 with his first major motion picture, "Fruitvale Station" — a film he both wrote and directed that garnered critical acclaim and firmly cemented him as someone to watch in the coming years. He followed his success with 2015's "Creed" (another film he wrote and directed) which earned its star, Sylvester Stallone, an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe Award. In 2018, Ryan's debuting his third and most anticipated film ever — "Black Panther" starring Chadwick Boseman as the title character. The film (Ryan wrote the screenplay and directed it) arrives in theaters on Feb. 16, 2018. Along with joining the Marvel Universe, Ryan's also signed on to direct the drama "Wrong Answer."
Pom Klementieff is new to Hollywood but she's not new to acting. Born in Canada and raised in France, Pom appeared in numerous French films and even a French TV series ("Pigalle, la nuit") before she transitioned to American cinema. Her big break came in 2013 with Spike Lee's "Old Boy" followed by the 2017 indie hit "Ingrid Goes West." What she's most recognizable for, however, is her role in 2017's "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" in which she played empath Mantis. Pom (whose Korean mother chose her first name because it sounds like the Korean words for tiger and spring) will reprise her role as Mantis in "Avengers: Infinity War" and in "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3."
Dylan Minnette is quickly becoming one of the most recognizable teens on our TV screens (although he's actually 20 years old). Beginning in 2005, Dylan landed small parts on hit TV shows like "Drake & Josh" and "Two and a Half Men" before scoring a role on "Prison Break" as young Michael. In 2007, he took on a recurring role on the series "Saving Grace" and in 2010, he appeared on several episodes of the hit ABC drama "Lost." Along with picking up roles on other shows (like "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and "Scandal"), Dylan also landed parts in films like "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" and "Don't Breathe." But what Dylan is most famous for (and where you likely recognize him from) is his leading role in the 2017 Netflix original drama "13 Reasons Why," in which he played Clay Jensen. Up next for Dylan is a reprisal of his role as Clay for Season 2 of "13 Reasons," which is scheduled for release in 2018. Dylan's also starring in the 2018 horror flick "The Open House." Since 2014, Dylan's been romantically linked to "Ray Donovan" actress Kerris Dorsey.
Don't let 9-year-old Darby Camp's endless adorableness fool you, because she's one hard-working actress. The young star got her start on TV on 2013's "Door to Door," which led Darby to future roles on the show "Drop Dead Diva" and in the movie "Blue" in 2015. In 2017, Darby appeared on the hit HBO drama "Big Little Lies" as Chloe Mackenzie. The same year, she also had a recurring role on the acclaimed primetime drama "Grey's Anatomy." Up next for Darby are three major motion pictures: "Dreamland," "Benji" and "Calm Before" — which are all slated for release in 2018. Fun fact: Darby's mom, Lacy Camp, is also an actress who had a small role on "Big Little Lies" as a secretary.
Nav (born Navraj Singh Goraya) just opened for The Weeknd during his cross-country "Starboy" tour that wrapped up in October 2017. No big deal, right? Wrong. As of August 2017, the Canadian-born rapper had five songs in the SoundCloud Top 50, which isn't bad considering he just got started in the music biz in 2015. It helps that he's got some famous friends in the industry, including Drake and The Weekend, who he knew growing up in Canada. While his music, which includes singles like "Take Me Simple" and "The Man," was making waves with listeners, reality star Kylie Jenner helped him find more fame when she shared a Snapchat video of herself lip-syncing his song "Myself." In 2016, Nav collaborated with Travis Scott on the hit single "Beibs in the Trap," which later became certified platinum. He followed that success with two mixtapes: "Nav" and "Perfect Timing," which includes the Billboard hot 100 single "Wanted You." On July 22, 2017, rap legend Nas gave Nav a major shout out when he shared the cover of "Perfect Timing" on Instagram with a caption that read, "Grab the new album from the young Kings @nav & @metroboomin right now. Salute!!!" Nav's currently working on new music and we can't wait to hear what's next.
Lana Condor just got into acting in 2016 and she's already landed some big roles. This Vietnamese-American star's first-ever role in Hollywood was in the blockbuster film "X-Men: Apocalypse," which was followed by "Patriots Day" and the TV movie "High School Lover." For 2018, Lana's got a lot of exciting projects in the works. She's landed a part on the TV drama "Deadly Class" as well as roles in three films: "To All the Boys I've Loved Before," "Summer Night" and the action-adventure flick "Alita: Battle Angel" based on the similarly titled manga series "Battle Angel Alita."
Michael Zegen isn't as new to Hollywood as many of the stars on our list, but his fame is destined to grow in 2018. As a former co-star on shows like "Rescue Me," "Boardwalk Empire" and "The Walking Dead" and with credits in films like "Francis Ha," "Brooklyn" and "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," Michael's already proven he's got talent for days. Along with starring on the big and small screens, Michael's also worked in theater, appearing in four Off-Broadway productions and the Broadway play "A View from the Bridge." Up next for the handsome actor are two major motion picture dramas, "Tyrel" and "The Seagull" (which reunites him with his "Brooklyn" co-star Saoirse Ronan).
Not only should you know who Ava DuVernay is, but you should love her too. The producer, writer and director was the visionary behind the Oscar-nominated drama "Selma" and is the creator, director and producer of the hit series "Queen Sugar." Along with writing, directing and producing the upcoming TV movie "Battle of Versailles," Ava is directing the highly anticipated fantasy adventure "A Wrinkle in Time" starring another young lady on our list, Storm Reid. The film debuts in theaters on March 9, 2018, and might just be Ava's finest work yet.
While Harlem-born rapper Dave East has been making music since 2010 and has released 10 mixtapes over the years, his most successful endeavor was "Kari Channel" in 2016, which reached No. 38 on the Billboard 200. His sound is often associated with old-school rap, a gritty and less pop-influenced expression that speaks of his experiences in the prison system, his faith and growing up on the streets of New York and Baltimore. In 2017, Dave released his first EP, "Paranoia: A True Story." It reached No. 5 on the U.S. R&B and hip hop charts and No. 9 on the Billboard 200, placing him in a new musical league. Dave's wrapping up 2017 with a tour across the country to promote "Paranoia" and will hopefully release new music in the coming year.