Hollywood is still in strange limbo after 2020. Some studios are returning to production with rigorous COVID testing. It’s difficult to keep track of all the movies that are still lagging behind compared to those going straight to streaming. There’s no doubt that once it’s safe to return to theaters, we’ll be waiting for non-stop blockbusters. One thing that 2020 couldn’t stop was the emerging talent of the best emerging black actors. You are the next generation of Star power in Hollywood and the BBC. We are obsessed with their recent releases and can’t wait to see what roles they play in a post-pandemic world.
The world fell in love with Scribner as Andre Johnson Jr. in Black-ish and as Bow in She-Ra and the Princesses of Power. He plays the leading role in the two spin-offs Black-ish, Grown-ish and Mixed-ish. Only 21 years old, he’s building some serious momentum for a long career in Hollywood in both film and television, having already won two NAACP Image Awards. We are excited to see what he has planned next once Hollywood has full production capacity again after the vaccination.
Ridloff knows pop culture as Connie in the ninth season of The Walking Dead. But she wowed a more sophisticated audience on stage in a 2018 production of Children of Lesser God, where her lead performance earned her a Tony nomination. Now she can be seen in the Marvel movie Eternals as Makkari, a rework of the original character who was a man in the comics. Ridloff’s portrayal of Makkari will be deaf like her, so she won’t be affected by the sonic boom that accompanies her super speed.
Say what you want to say about Netflix’s gritty drama reboots of popular childhood comics, but Riverdale and Sabrina have real binge skills. If you’re looking for the best black actors in the business, Perdomo’s portrayal of Ambrose, a sorcerer under house arrest for attempting to blow up the Vatican, was no small part of Sabrina’s early roll call. He’s warm, engaging, and complicated in the role. Perdomo auditioned for Jughead in Riverdale, but lost the role to Cole Sprouse. So memorable was his audition that the series creator wrote the role of Ambrose for him. He’s ready to star in next.
Social services in England once described Jobson as “the hardest kid in Westminster”. At 15, she placed herself in foster care to change as much as her situation. It worked, given her nomination for a Bafta 2020 for her performance as Jaq in a crime thriller Top boy. She has appeared in half a dozen BBC short films and has just appeared in her first feature film, Overload, a British thriller. She’ll be back for the next season of Top boy, but expect her to do a Hollywood crossover soon.
Say what you want about the evils of social media; if it brings us content like Girl who has never had a nice date, it’s all worth it. If you haven’t followed Brunson on social media, you probably know her from BuzzFeed, where she started writing, producing, and directing her own content. She is a versatile talent who gives the animated series her voice Lazor Wulf before she started writing and playing along A Black Lady Sketch Show Sketch for HBO.
Goree doesn’t necessarily qualify as “aspiring” as he’s been diligent in television for over a decade. But his roles add to the prestige that translates into career roles in the film. Those who tend to stream a certain type of YA drama will recognize Goree from this The 100 and Riverdale, but he’s best known for his roles on the HBO dramedy Baller and the Canadian sitcom There is a kink in my hair.
Fishback garnered minor credits in a dozen television series before starring in supporting roles. got The hate you give and The night is coming. In 2020 she starred in power opposite Jamie Foxx and Joseph Gordon Levett. Next up is this black top actor in this year’s Judas and the Black Messiah as Fred Hampton’s girlfriend, Deborah Johnson. Before moving to the big screen, Fishback worked in the theater as a playwright and actor. She debuted her piece Undermine, Off-Off-Broadway, but received critical acclaim for her solo performance of 22 separate parts.
Ward won the Bafta Rising Star Award in 2020 and is thus officially on the “Watch” list. Like Jobson, he is a British actor who starred in a few short films and guest appearances on television before getting a lead role in Top boy. In addition to his portrayal of Jamie on the BBC series, he’s also starred in. known Blue story about life on the streets of London.
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