Every generation of moviegoers seems to have their own set of movie stars. The classical movie stars like Clint Eastwood and Paul Newman and Robert Redford and Burt Reynolds, who sadly lost his life recently, became idols for the baby boomer generation, but there is a whole different set of stars today. The kids that make up Generation Z, who were born in the '00s and are teenagers now who are free to spend their weekends down at the movie theater taking in a flick, can pretty much take their pick of movie stars who have played the roles of Jedi Knights and superheroes and wizards in all kinds of franchises and cinematic universes. Movie stars take a whole different route to stardom these days, as they play characters who become the stars of the movies. It can be easy for the actors themselves to get lost in the flurry of comic book properties and YA novel characters that have become the marketing tools that audiences really use to sell their movies. It's hard for actors to make a name for themselves. A kid who was born in the '00s should have no problem naming all of these modern day screen legends.
1Who starred in The Hunger Games movies?
This actress has been hailed by many critics as a revelation and one of the finest performers of her generation. She got her start relatively young in the dark thriller Winter's Bone, and before long, she was starring in the David O. Russell movies Silver Linings Playbook and Joy and she had her own franchise, based on Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games trilogy of books, and she was in the X-Men movies and she had become one of the biggest movie stars in the world. This year, she starred in the spy thriller Red Sparrow. Who is she?
2Who currently plays Spider-Man?
This actor is notorious for giving away spoilers for his movie. His most recent 'accidental' reveal on social media was that the title of the second solo Spider-Man movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be Spider-Man: Far From Home, which led to a lot of plot speculation. He made a name for himself in the movie The Impossible directed by JA Bayona before being cast as Peter Parker, being the third actor to play him on the big screen. Who is he?
3Who is this Harry Potter star?
This actress is arguably the one out of the three main stars of the Harry Potter film franchise who has gone on to have the most successful post Potter career. She has appeared in comedy movies like This is the End in which she played herself and the coming of age romcom The Perks of Being a Wallflower, but she has also appeared in more serious stuff like the Dave Eggers techno thriller movie adaptation The Circle alongside Tom Hanks and John Boyega. Who is this Harry Potter star?
4Who plays Sansa Stark in Game of Thrones?
The fantasy drama series Game of Thrones on the HBO premium cable network is arguably one of the most popular shows on television right now. The actress who plays the role of Sansa Stark in the show will be seen in the next few months when the next X-Men movie, Dark Phoenix, is released, because she will be playing the title role from the comic books. Who plays Sansa Stark in the HBO medieval fantasy drama series Game of Thrones?
5Which actor's rapper name is Childish Gambino?
This actor is also a writer and a standup comic and a rapper (he's one of the most prolific multi hyphenates in Hollywood) and he got his rap name Childish Gambino from a Wu Tang Clan name generator website. This year, he played Lando Calrissian. He was in the NBC sitcom Community alongside Joel McHale and Gillian Jacobs and he also created and mostly wrote the FX comedy series that he stars in, Atlanta. Which actor's rapper name is Childish Gambino?
6Who is this Star Wars actor?
This actor got his start in the science fiction comedy movie Attack the Block, which is about an alien invasion that hits a London estate and was directed by Joe Cornish. He went on to play the role of Finn in the new Star Wars sequel trilogy. He also starred in the movie Pacific Rim Uprising this year and is tipped to be the next actor to take on the role of James Bond. It would make him the first ever black actor to play the role of 007. Who is this Star Wars actor?
7Who is Chris Hemsworth's youngest brother?
Chris Hemsworth is the star of the Marvel Cinematic Universe who has played Thor in movies for almost ten years now and has also popped up in comedy movies like Vacation and Ghostbusters in order to make fun of himself and his public image. But he also has a younger brother who is also a big movie star with roles in such projects as The Hunger Games trilogy. He has had a lot of high profile relationships. Who is Chris Hemsworth's youngest brother?
8Who starred in Creed?
A lot of eyes were rolling when a seventh movie in the Rocky franchise was announced to tell the story of Rocky Balboa training the son of his rival turned mentor Apollo Creed, but the movie ended up being a huge hit. It's getting a sequel soon. This actor got his start as a kid in the HBO drama series The Wire and has since gone on to star in Black Panther and the Fantastic Four reboot. Who is he?
9Who was Oscar nominated for True Grit?
This actress is also a singer and she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress when she was just 14 years old for her role as Mattie Ross, the young girl who hires Rooster Cogburn, in the Coen brothers revisionist western movie True Grit. She has also made appearances in the Pitch Perfect movies and often features as a supporting act on tour with pop stars like Katy Perry. Who was Academy Award nominated for True Grit?
10Who is Will Smith's son?
The son of actors Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith has gone on to become a big movie star in his own right with starring roles alongside his dad in the movies The Pursuit of Happyness, which was based on a true story taken from a memoir, and After Earth, which was a big, epic sci fi extravaganza directed by M. Night Shyamalan. He also starred in the 2010 remake of the martial arts classic The Karate Kid. Who is Will Smith's son?
11Who recently quit Shameless?
This actress has been starring on the Showtime comedy drama series Shameless for years now and she recently announced that she would be leaving the show and that the current season of the show would be her last. Her co star William H. Macy, who plays the role of Frank Gallagher on the show, has said that he and the producers were sort of expecting it to happen and that they're sad to see her go. Who recently quit Shameless?
12Who played the female lead role in The Fault in Our Stars?
When John Green's tearjerking YA teen romance novel about two kids who have been diagnosed with terminal illness who fall in love with one another, The Fault in Our Stars, was adapted for the big screen, there was a wide search to find the perfect actress to play the female lead role of Hazel. The actress who eventually got the part also starred in the movie adaptation of the Divergent books. Who played the female lead role in The Fault in Our Stars?
13Who is James Franco's younger brother?
The younger brother of James Franco is an actor who has starred in a bunch of movies himself, including the recent The Room behind the scenes tale The Disaster Artist alongside his brother. He starred in the movies Neighbors and Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising in the role of Pete. He is married to Alison Brie, the star of Community and GLOW, and he has starred in a TV show himself: the Netflix anthology comedy drama series Easy. Who is James Franco's younger brother?
14Who is this That 70s Show star?
This actress got her start alongside Ashton Kutcher, who is now her husband and the father of her children, as a star on the sitcom That '70s Show. She has also starred in the voice role of Meg Griffin in the animated series Family Guy and played film roles in comedy movies like Bad Moms and its sequel A Bad Moms Christmas, as well as the Seth MacFarlane film Ted (although she didn't come back for the sequel). Who is this actress?
15Who is this High School Musical star?
This actor is one of the few performers who got their start on the Disney Channel to have gone on to have a career as a grown actor. He starred in the trilogy of High School Musical movies and has since starred in movies like The Awkward Moment and the R rated comedy movie Neighbors and its sequel Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising. He was also in the Baywatch movie with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Who is this High School Musical star?
16Who is this Carrie star?
This actress is one of the only performers to successfully make the transition from child star to adult star. She began as a kid with The Amityville Horror remake and went on to make headlines with her profane role as Hit Girl in the movie Kick Ass when she was 13 years old. She also played the title role in the remake of the Brian De Palma film adaptation of Stephen King's debut novel Carrie from the '70s in 2013. Who is this actress?
17Which Stranger Things star is this?
This actor has really been making a name for himself in the past couple of years. He stars in the leading role of Mike Wheeler in the breakout Netflix hit series Stranger Things, a science fiction drama series that was inspired by the works of Stephen King, and he also appeared in a direct film adaptation of a Stephen King novel, a 1,000 page tome named It. It went on to become the highest grossing horror movie of all time by far and a sequel is on the way in the next year or so. Who is this Stranger Things star?
18Which Sprouse twin stars in Riverdale?
The Sprouse twins have never been too far away from film or TV work. They played the role of Ben Geller, Ross' son on the show Friends, when they were both just babies. Then as toddlers, they starred alongside Adam Sandler in the movie Big Daddy. And then of course, they had the Zack and Cody shows on the Disney Channel. Only one of them appears in the CW Archie Comics drama series Riverdale. Which Sprouse twin stars in Riverdale?
19Who plays Wonder Woman in the DCEU?
The actress who stars as Wonder Woman is a huge star now. The first Wonder Woman solo movie back in 2017 was a huge hit at the box office and was also adored by both audiences and critics. It effectively became the first film in the DC Extended Universe (the shared universe of movies based on the characters of the DC Comics; essentially the DC version of the Marvel Cinematic Universe) to actually be considered successful. Who plays Wonder Woman in the DCEU?
20Who starred in Hacksaw Ridge?
This actor has starred in a ton of hugely critically acclaimed movies, from The Social Network to Hacksaw Ridge to Breathe. He also played the role of Peter Parker, who is better known as your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, in two reboot movies: The Amazing Spider-Man in 2012 and its aptly titled sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in 2014. More movies were planned, but Sony scrapped them when Marvel negotiated the rights to the character back. Who is this Spider-Man actor?
21Who is this Warm Bodies actor?
The idea with the comedy horror movie Warm Bodies was to do a kind of Twilight with zombies. Whereas The Twilight Saga told a love story involving vampires and werewolves, the concept of Warm Bodies was to tell a love story that involved zombies. It starred this actor, who was also in the movie About a Boy as a child with star Hugh Grant and also played a role in Mad Max: Fury Road. Who is this Warm Bodies actor?
22Who is Dakota Fanning's sister?
For a long time, Dakota Fanning was the biggest child star in the world as she appeared in all kinds of famous movies like The Secret Life of Bees and War of the Worlds, in which she got equal billing alongside A list star Tom Cruise. Her sister has since become a pretty big star too, with roles in films like the Disney dark fantasy movie Maleficent or the JJ Abrams sci fi movie Super 8. Who is Dakota Fanning's sister?
23Who played this green guy?
This actor is married to the director of the first Fifty Shades of Grey movie and he also played the role of Quicksilver in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He was initially worried that he would be committing to do too many movies with this shared universe of films and characters, but that turned out to not be a problem when his character didn't make it to a second movie. Who played Kick-Ass in the two movies that he got to do?
24Who is this Fantastic Four actor?
The reboot movie that was supposed to bring a new Fantastic Four movie franchise to comic book fans went dark with a tone like The Dark Knight trilogy directed by Christopher Nolan. It was directed by Josh Trank of Chronicle and this actor played the lead role of Dr. Reed Richards aka Mr. Fantastic. He has also starred in the comedy movie 21 and Over and is currently playing Maverick's son in the Top Gun sequel. Who is this Fantastic Four actor?
25Who is this Stranger Things star?
This actress had been struggling to make it in Hollywood before a fantastic opportunity came along to play one of the lead roles in the Netflix science fiction drama series Stranger Things. Her character of Eleven has gone on to become a lot of people's favorite character and now she can command $1 million per movie. We will be seeing her next year in the sequel to the 2014 Godzilla franchise reboot, which will be subtitled King of the Monsters. Who is this Stranger Things star?
26Who is this former Disney Channel star?
This singer and actress only uses her first name to be her stage name so she only has one name that she goes by, like Cher and Bono and Sting, but she actually has three other names that follow it on her birthday certificate (her full name is _____ Maree Stoermer Coleman). What is the name of this former Disney Channel star from Shake It Up who now plays the role of Michelle in the Spider-Man movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
27Who starred in Baby Driver?
Edgar Wright created a whole new genre with his movie Baby Driver. He combined the crime film genre with the action film genre with comedy and the idea of the jukebox musical, eschewing an iPod for a jukebox, and there was also some elements of the car action subgenre and the road movie. The actor in the lead role has also starred in The Fault in Our Stars and the new movie Billionaire Boys Club. Who starred in Baby Driver?
28Who starred in Wild Child?
This actress got her film debut in the crime movie Blow and she has since starred in the movie Wild Child and played the role of the fake daughter in the R rated comedy hit movie We're the Millers. She has appeared in a number of seasons of Ryan Murphy's anthology horror series AHS on the FX network. She was also in the techno thriller Nerve in this past year. Which actress starred in the teen classic movie Wild Child?
29Who is this AHS star?
This actor has played roles in most of the seasons of the Ryan Murphy anthology horror series AHS on the FX network. The latest season of the show will pull all of the previous seasons together and show what has been connecting them all this whole time. He has also made appearances in some of the X-Men movies, in which he plays the fan favorite role of speedster Quicksilver. Who is this AHS and X-Men: Days of Future Past star?
30Who plays the Flash in the DCEU?
This actor's big screen incarnation of the DC Comics superhero character the Flash will be getting his own solo movie in the DC Extended Universe next year. The actor has also appeared in the coming of age teen romantic comedy movie The Perks of Being a Wallflower and the movie We Need To Talk About Kevin, a very darkly themed drama. Who stars in the movies of the DC Extended Universe in the role of Barry Allen aka the Flash?
31Who is this Maze Runner star?
This actor has starred in all of the dystopian sci fi movies based on the YA novel series The Maze Runner, although the final film was put on hold in the middle of production when he suffered from an injury. He also played the iconic literary assassin role of Mitch Rapp in a movie with Michael Keaton last year, although it wasn't enough of a financial success to warrant a sequel and an ensuing franchise. Who is this Maze Runner star?
32Who is this 13 Reasons Why star?
As controversial as the Netflix drama series 13 Reasons Why has been, it has still been a massive hit with audiences and even critics have to admit that it is an engaging and compelling and deviously dark show in their reviews of it. This actress plays what could be considered to be the show's lead role, that of Hannah Baker. The show has been renewed for a third season by Netflix, which will be coming next year. Who is this?
33Who played Percy Jackson in two movies?
The financial failure of the latest movie in the Percy Jackson franchise, Sea of Monsters, might mean that the series won't be carrying on with its adaptations of the Rick Riordan novels that are more or less a Greek mythology version of Harry Potter. But the movies did serve to make this The Perks of Being a Wallflower actor a big star. Who played Percy Jackson in the two movies that the studio managed to get out before audiences lost interest?
34Who starred in and created HBO's Girls?
The HBO series Girls, which was a half hour series but technically combined the genres of comedy and drama rather than being rigidly just one of them, was initially created by this comedic actress and writer who stuck with the show for six years until she saw it fit to end the show and move on to do some other projects that she had in the pipeline. She was also in This is 40. Who starred in and created HBO's Girls?
35Which comedienne starred in Girls Trip?
This standup comic has really been making a name for herself over the past couple of years. She was the breakout star of the hit comedy movie Girls Trip last year and has a book coming out and a standup comedy special and she stars on the Jordan Peele sitcom The Last OG with Tracy Morgan and she will be seen later this year in the movie Night School with fellow comic Kevin Hart. Which comedienne starred in Girls Trip?