The streets of Toronto are heating up with A-Listers as celebs descend upon the city for the 44th annual Toronto International Film Festival next week. But look a little closer and there are some notable up-and-comers hitting the scene, too. This wave of talented next-gen stars is here for some pretty splashy films, reminding us all to wonder what we’ve done with our lives so far. Either way we’re swooning at these 11 young actors, 25 or younger, ready to make their mark at TIFF.
TIFF 2019 runs September 5-15, 2019.
TIFF under 25: meet the next-gen talent coming to town
Geraldine ViswanathanOriginally from Australia, this 24-year-old has basically taken over Hollywood by storm with credits like Blockers, Hala and Miracle Workers alongside Daniel Radcliffe and Steve Buscemi. Now, not only is she in town for the world premiere of Bad Education alongside Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney, but she’s also been named one of this year’s TIFF Rising Stars. Getty Images
Odessa YoungAt 21-years-old, this Aussie actress may not be a household name quite yet, but give her time. She’s had a handful of gigs on projects like A Million Little Pieces alongside Charlie Hunnam and Juliette Lewis, and starred in last year’s TIFF midnight madness selection, Assassination Nation. Now she’s in TO for the coming-of-age flick The Giant, where she plays a young woman whose world is rocked when her missing boyfriend reappears the same night a series of murders kicks off. Getty Images
Kelvin Harrison, Jr.The accolades have been rolling in for this 25-year-old. Filmmaker Magazine named him one of “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in 2017, he won a Gotham Independent Film Award nomination for It Comes at Night, and now he’s been named one of this year’s TIFF Rising Stars for his work in Waves.Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival
Olivia CookeThis 25-year-old has played a teen with cystic fibrosis (Bates Motel), a cynical social climber (Vanity Fair), and starred in one of last year’s TIFF entries, Life Itself alongside Oscar Isaac and Mandy Patinkin. This year she’s making waves for her role in Sound of Metal, a drama about a drummer (Riz Ahmed) who re-evaluates his career after he learns he’s losing his hearing. Getty Images
Nicola PeltzAt 24-years-old, Peltz has been busy on the small and big screens, appearing on everything from Bates Motel and The Last Airbender to Back Roads and Transformers: Age of Extinction. Next up is her TIFF entry The Obituary of Tunde Johnson, a story of a gay African American teen (Steven Silver) who is forced to tragically relive the day the police shoot and kill him over and over again. Getty Images
Maya HawkeHaving famous parents like Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke can certainly get you in the door, but the 21-year-old actress has very much proven her skillset over the past few years. Look no further than Stranger Things, Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood or Little Women for proof. Next up is TIFF’s showing of Human Capital, a family drama co-starring Peter Sarsgaard and Marisa Tomei.David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images
Lucas HedgesIn his short career, this 22-year old has already been nominated for an Oscar thanks to his role in 2016’s Manchester by the Sea. And he’s also appeared in other award-circuit smashes like Lady Bird and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. So you can bet we’re paying attention to both of his TIFF entries, Shia LaBeouf’s autobiographical Honey Boy and the coming-of-age high school wrestling story Waves. Getty Images
Lili ReinhartBughead fans may still be trying to figure out Reinhart and Cole Sprouse’s status both on and off of Riverdale, but for now we can safely report Reinhart’s career is at an all-time high. How else do you describe the 22-year-old’s role alongside JLo and Constance Wu in Hustlers? Even more impressive is the fact that her character can throw up on demand. (Yes, you should have some follow-up questions. We know we do.)Steve Granitz/WireImage
Finn WolfhardBecause starring in one of the most buzzed-about TV shows around (Stranger Things) isn’t enough, this 16-year-old Vancouver native is also at TIFF representing his work in The Goldfinch, alongside Nicole Kidman and Ansel Elgort (Baby Driver). Not bad for a kid who is barely old enough to get his learning permit, huh? Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images,
Beanie FeldsteinOkay so we’re cheating because Beanie turned 26 in June but technically she was 25 earlier this year—and we're going to let it slide. Besides, after her roles in Booksmart and Lady Bird (not to mention her upcoming gig as Monica Lewinsky in American Crime Story) she’s all over our radar. That means we can’t wait to see her in TIFF’s How to Build a Girl, in which she plays an awkward teen with big ambitious of becoming a music critic in London.Brian de Rivera Simon/WireImage
Alex WolffThis 21-year-old has been slowly but surely making a name for himself on the film and TV circuit the past few years, working alongside the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker (Divorce), Toni Collette (Hereditary) and Lucy Hale (Dude). Now he’s hitting up TIFF for Castle In the Ground, the opioid-crisis drama co-starring Imogen Poots and Neve Campbell, in addition to dramedy Bad Education and a tale of intertwined family tragedy, Human Capital.Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic