Variety and HIFF Name 10 Actors to Watch

John Legend

Variety has announced its annual list of 10 Actors to Watch for 2016. Each year, the list names 10 up-and-coming actors with promising careers that will likely take off soon. In past years, the list has named current stars like Adam DriverTaraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Tye SheridanBrie Larson, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael Shannon, Lola Kirke and Montauk’s own Melissa Leo.

This year’s list: Riz Ahmed, Mahershala Ali, Rachel Brosnahan, Ana de Armas, Aiden Ehrenreich, Lucas Hedges, Aja Naomi King, Tavi Gevinson, Kara Hayward and John Legend. Several of these actors have already made waves—Ehrenreich recently won the highly coveted role of Young Han Solo in an upcoming Star Wars film, King stars opposite Viola Davis on How to Get Away with Murder and Legend is an Oscar-winning songwriter. Legend will make his film debut in La La Land, a musical, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone.

Each year, the actors are featured and expected to appear the Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF). “The Hamptons International Film Festival has had the privilege of honoring rising talent for over 15 years. We are thrilled to once again partner with Variety to recognize this group of ten diverse, talented actors for the incredible work they have done in their careers,” says David Nugent, HIFF Artistic Director.  “As we have seen our previous honorees blossom over the years, with just this year Brie Larson and Alicia Vikander both taking home Academy Awards, we know this class has a bright future ahead of them.”

Congratulations to the actors!

The Hamptons International Film Festival runs from October 6 to October 10. For more information, visit

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