Who’s the Next Jennifer Lawrence?

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Meet the five fresh talents looking to pop up at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Meet the five fresh talents looking to pop up at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Kyle Gallner

Films at Sundance: Little Birds, Red State
Representation: UTA, 3 Arts
Notable credits: Film: Red (2008), The Haunting in Connecticut (2009); TV:  Veronica Mars (UPN/WB, 2005-06 ), Big Love (HBO)
Breakout bona fides: Gallner’s unassuming surface masks a talented versatility that can skew from classiness to edge in the James McAvoy mold.

Felicity Jones

Film at Sundance: Like Crazy
Representation: CAA, Independent Talent Group U.K.
Notable credits: Film: The Tempest (2010); TV: The Diary of Anne Frank (BBC, 2009); Theater: The Chalk Garden (London, 2008)
Breakout bona fides: A classically ethereal beauty, Jones peddles a light, Carey Mulligan-style charm that traverses comedy and drama.

Brit Marling

Films at Sundance: Another Earth, Sound of My Voice
Representation: UTA, Alan Siegel Entertainment
Notable credits: Co-director of the 2004 documentary Boxers and Ballerinas.
Breakout bona fides: Marling not only stars in but also co-wrote and produced both Sundance films. She parlays a believability that connects audiences to otherworldly characters.

Elizabeth Olsen

Films at Sundance: Martha Marcy May Marlene, Silent House
Representation: Gersh
Notable credits: Her famous older twin sisters’ The Adventures of Mary-Kate and Ashley (1994-96).
Breakout bona fides: A student at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Olsen is graduating from Broadway understudy (Impressionism, 2009) to the big screen with raw, unglamorous portrayals.

Amy Seimetz

Film at Sundance: The Off Hours
Representation: One Entertainment
Notable credits: Alexander the Last (2009), The Myth of the American Sleepover (2010), Tiny Furniture (2010)
Breakout bona fides: As a late-night truck-stop waitress and orphaned lost soul, Seimetz invests Off Hours’ dead-end world of tiny tragedies with a hidden, hard-won strength.