It’s time for an update to Bailey’s Bone List, kids. This time, I wanted to spotlight beautiful and talented people who are currently on the rise. Some of them have been around for a while in smaller roles or in more niche films and TV shows; others are fresh faces about to make a big break. Either way, you’re going to see a lot more of them soon, so prepare to fall in love (or lust, I won’t judge).
20. Dan Stevens
Known for playing Matthew Crawley in PBS’ Downton Abbey series, you’ll see Dan Stevens in Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast (2017) as The Beast.
19. Nathalie Emmanuel
Nathalie Emmanuel is Missandei on HBO’s Game of Thrones. She also played hacker Ramsey in Furious 7, a role which she’ll reprise in Fast 8 (2017).
18. Leslie Jones
Stand-up comedian Leslie Jones is a recent addition to NBC’s Saturday Night Live cast, and she’ll be making her film debut in the all-female Ghostbusters (2016)
17. Donnie Yen
Known for martial arts films like Ip Man, you can find Donnie Yen as one of the leads in Netflix’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny. He’ll also be appearing in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
16. Elizabeth Debicki
After making her entrance in The Great Gatsby as Jordan Baker, Elizabeth Debicki landed roles in The Man From U.N.C.L.E, AMC’s The Night Manager mini-series, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017).
15. Alexandra Daddario
Alexandra Daddario has had tons of small TV roles, but she’s best known for the Percy Jackson & The Olympians film series, HBO’s True Detective, and San Andreas. She’ll also be in the remake of Baywatch (2017).
14. Laverne Cox
Transgender actress Laverne Cox plays inmate Sophia Burset on Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black series. Though she has a few films in the works, her biggest upcoming project is the role of Dr. Frank-N-Furter in Fox’s Rocky Horror Picture Show musical remake.
13. Sophie Turner
You probably best know Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark on HBO’s Game of Thrones. She also landed the role of Jean Grey in this summer’s X-Men: Apocalypse (2016).
12. Chadwick Boseman
Chadwick Boseman played Jackie Robinson in 42 and James Brown in Get On Up. And he’s making waves as T’Challa/Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War and Marvel’s upcoming Black Panther (2018).
11. Sofia Boutella
After playing Samuel L. Jackson’s kick-ass henchman in Kingsman: The Secret Service, Sofia Boutella is going on to roles in Star Trek Beyond (2016) and The Mummy (2017).
10. Gwendoline Christie
Gwendoline Christie was everywhere last year. Brienne of Tarth on HBO’s Game of Thrones. Commander Lyme in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2. Captain Phasma in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. She’ll reprise her role as Captain Phasma in Star Wars: Episode VIII (2017).
9. Kate McKinnon
Kate McKinnon is a comedian and fairly recent addition to NBC’s Saturday Night Live (She’s known for her hilarious impressions of Hillary Clinton and Justin Bieber). She, too, will be in the all-female Ghostbusters (2016).
8. Alden Ehrenreich
Alden Ehrenreich has done steady film work over the years. He was in Beautiful Creatures and Blue Jasmine, as well as this year’s Hail, Caesar! But he’s about to get bigger. It was recently announced that he’s “Young Han Solo” in Disney’s Untitled Han Solo Film (2018).
7. John Boyega
After the success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, John Boyega (who played Stormtrooper-turned-good-guy Finn) should be a household name, if he isn’t already. He’ll reprise his role in Star Wars: Episode VIII (2017).
6. Tessa Thompson
Tessa Thompson is known for films like Selma, Dear White People, and Creed. But her upcoming roles are even bigger. She’s Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok (2017) and one of four female leads in Alex Garland’s Annihilation (2017).
5. Mike Colter
Million Dollar Baby, Zero Dark Thirty, Men in Black 3—Mike Colter’s been there. But most people probably didn’t find him until he appeared on Netflix’s Jessica Jones as Luke Cage, a role he’ll reprise for Netflix’s Luke Cage.
4. Gal Gadot
A former model and Israeli soldier, Gal Gadot landed the role of Gisele in the Fast & Furious films and claimed the title of Wonder Woman in this year’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. She’ll reappear in Wonder Woman (2017).
3. Michael B. Jordan
Starring in Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station and Creed, I’m pretty sure Michael B. Jordan is Coogler’s muse. And my point is only solidified by the fact that he’ll be in Marvel’s Black Panther (2018), which is also directed by Coogler.
2. Daisy Ridley
Daisy Ridley was the breakout star of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, giving a new hope (*snicker*) to girls and women everywhere. She’ll reprise her role as Rey, the new Jedi lead, in Star Wars: Episode VIII (2017).
1. Oscar Isaac
Oscar Isaac has been around for YEARS, despite his recent rise to “The Internet’s Boyfriend.” You can see him in Drive, Inside Llewyn Davis, Ex Machina, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Or catch him in this summer’s X-Men: Apocalypse, as well as reprising his role of Poe Dameron in Star Wars: Episode VIII (2017).
What do you think? Would you bone the people in my list? Keep checking back for newer versions of my “Bone List” to see who moves up or down or gets removed.