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This story first appeared in the April 10 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
IN-DEMAND INDIE DARLINGS
Dane DeHaan, 29
Playing the creepy kid with superpowers in 2012’s Chronicle led to an outpouring of offers. But besides the villain in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, he’s mostly stuck to indies including Kill Your Darlings and Life After Beth. He also is playing James Dean in Life and booked the romance drama Two Lovers and a Bear.
Adam Driver, 31
Sure, he’s in Star Wars, but Driver mostly has leveraged his HBO Girls notoriety for indies, including Inside Llewyn Davis and Noah Baumbach‘s While We’re Young. Martin Scorsese put him in his upcoming Silence, and Mud helmer Jeff Nichols cast him in the sci-fi thriller Midnight Special.
Brie Larson, 25
An acclaimed turn in 2013’s Short Term 12 has led to the lead role in Lenny Abrahamson‘s adaptation Room, playing an abducted woman forced to raise her son in one room. And she’s starring in the indies Brooklyn Bridge opposite Daniel Radcliffe and Basmati Blues with Donald Sutherland.
David Oyelowo, 38
The Brit might have missed out on an Oscar nomination for Selma, but director Ava DuVernay cast him in her indie Hurricane Katrina thriller. And he’s booked two hot projects: Plan B’s Americanah opposite Lupita Nyong’o (plus a Disney project with her) and Captive opposite Kate Mara.
Saoirse Ronan, 20
The Irish actress has been working since she was 12, but breakout performances in Atonement, The Lovely Bones and last year’s The Grand Budapest Hotel have turned her into perhaps the premier young indie actress. Sundance breakout Brooklyn could put her in the Oscar race next year.
Tye Sheridan, 18
He’s barely old enough to vote, and he had three movies at this past Sundance. After holding his own in Terrence Malick‘s The Tree of Life and stealing Mud opposite Matthew McConaughey, the Texan has become a top choice when a film requires a young actor with maturity.
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