11. Anya Taylor-Joy
Anya Taylor-Joy is a rising star.
At the time of this article’s release, she is only 21 years old. Still, at such a young age, she has already starred in several major motion pictures, many of which have provided her with a strong background in horror, suspense, and fantasy. Let’s take a quick look at her repertoire, shall we?
Anya’s career really took off in 2015 with The Witch, a scary little flick about New England in the 1630s. The ingénue stole the show and it launched her career into quick stardom. Horror? A touch of magic? May sound familiar to fans of Stranger Things.
Just last year, she took the helm in horror-specialist M. Night Shyamalan’s Split, about a beastly man with twenty-three (four??) terrifying personalities. Anya was an absolute standout as the emotionally injured leading lady. In a cast that features plenty of young people, I could definitely see her translating elements of this character into the twisted world of Stranger Things.
I’m especially excited about Anya’s upcoming project, Thoroughbreds. She stars as Lily, an upper-class girl with a very unconventional way of solving her problems. This movie is another drama/thriller and should prove all over again that Anya is game to handle the heavy themes that often appear in our favorite Netflix Original.
Will Anya appear in Stranger Things 3? Who’s to say. It’s not like there are any reports of the Duffer Brothers courting this young actress, but I certainly think she’d be a welcome addition to the teenaged cast.