With the 2013 edition of the Tribeca Film Festival launching tonight, the springboard is loaded. Here are Indiewire's picks for the 10 actors to watch this year.
Haley Bennett, "Deep Powder"
Before appearing in Terrence Malick's upcoming and still untitled film about the music scene, Haley Bennett stars in "Deep Powder" as Natasha, a privileged young woman who enlists the help of a townie (Shiloh Fernandez) to go on a drug run to Ecuador. Bennett memorably acted in another drug-fueled teen film, Gregg Araki's "Kaboom," and in Joe Dante's 3D scarefest "The Hole." From the sounds of it, "Deep Powder" will be the vehicle to show just why Malick selected her to star in his film opposite the likes of Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale and Michael Fassbender. Whether she makes the final cut, of course, is still up in the air.
Zoe Bell, "Raze"
Stunt-woman and sometimes actress might Zoe Bell is best known for her standout turn atop the hood of a moving car in Quentin Tarantino's "Death Proof." She played a small role in his hit follow-up "Django Unchained" but remained masked throughout, not getting any opportunity to shine. That changes with "Raze," her first headlining endeavor that looks to do what "Haywire" did for MMA star Gina Carano. In this sly subversion of the women-in-prison genre, Bell plays Sabrina, who's mysteriously abducted and finds herself in an underground lair forced to do battle with other women for the amusement of an audience.
Nikohl Boosheri, "Farah Goes Bang"
Following her breakout turn in the Sundance award-winning "Circumstance," Nikohl Boosheri is back, this time headlining the sex comedy "Farah Goes Bang," proving she can tackle both hard-hitting drama and comedy with aplomb. In Meera Menon's film, Boosheri plays the titular Farah, a woman trying to lose her virginity while on the road campaigning for John Kerry in 2004 with her friends. Farah and her friends K.J. and Roopa follow the campaign trail across historic Route 66 on their way to Ohio, the central battleground state of 2004, seizing control of this charged moment in their lives and the life of their country.
Amy Grantham, "Lily"
"Lily" is a true passion project for co-writer and star Amy Grantham. A cancer survivor, Grantham chose to write "Lily" with co-writer and director Matt Creed to show audiences what life is like after you finish treatment. With no film experience behind her, Grantham takes lead duties in her debut, playing the titular character who is forced to answer questions she put off for years after winning her battle against cancer.
Jon Foster, "Mr. Jones"
Still best known to this day for his work in 2004's "The Door in the Floor" opposite Jeff Bridges and Kim Basinger, Jon Foster has been working steadily since but hasn't been able to break free from that film's shadow. In "Mr. Jones," a fresh take on the found-footage genre, Foster takes headlining duties as Scott, a filmmaker in desperate need of inspiration. Hoping to make a creative breakthrough, Scott and his girlfriend sneak into their creepy neighbor's sculpture workshop, only to realize that their curiosity may have deadly consequences.