Why 2017 Will Be the Glory Year for Hollywood's British Leading Women
It's official: 2017 is the year for British actresses to shine in Hollywood.
With coveted roles in blockbuster projects like "Star Wars: Episode VIII," where Daisy Ridley will reprise the part of Rey, a Jakku scavenger (with some impressive lightsaber skills) who managed to defeat Dark Jedi Kylo Ren, the line-up of films with British lead actresses is stellar for 2017. Let's just hope we get some more Rey-themed merchandise next time around.
You may have heard the rumours of a "Carry On" remake coming in 2017 and a new Bond film also due out that year — both sure to attract some major British actresses to their cast lists.
In the meantime, there are plenty of big-screen moments for British female actresses in addition to "Star Wars" for us to get excited about.
Click through the gallery to see which other stars to look out for and which newcomers to watch in these upcoming films of 2017.
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Who: Emma Watson Where: Born in Paris in 1990, she was brought up in Oxfordshire What: She may have begun her career as Hermione Granger in the "Harry Potter" franchise, but Emma Watson — at the age of 26 — has established herself as an eco-warrior and fierce feminist (the UN Goodwill Ambassador made gender equality her issue of choice, launching the He For She solidarity campaign). She'll be starring in the hotly anticipated live-action version of "Beauty and the Beast," hitting screens in March 2017 and directed by Bill Condon. Much like the real Emma Watson, her on-screen princess persona Belle is another strong-willed, book-loving lady. Another Brit, Dan Stevens from "Downton Abbey," will be her monstrous beast, while the inimitable Emma Thompson will star as Mrs. Potts. We. Can't. Wait. Photo Credit: Karwai Tang/WireImage
Who: Daisy Ridley Where: Born in Westminster, London, in 1992 What: After a string of minor TV roles in British programmes like "Mr. Selfridge" and "Casualty," Ridley hit the big time — and we mean BIG TIME — when J.J. Abrams cast her in the leading role of Rey in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," which became a mega-hit and the highest-grossing film of 2015. In addition to reprising the role of Rey in the next installment of "Star Wars: Episode VIII," look out for this breakout star in upcoming fantasy thriller Kolma (also directed by Abrams), the film version of Alyson Richman's best-selling book "The Lost Wife" and "Ophelia," a reimagined update of Shakespeare's classic "Hamlet" tragedy. Photo Credit: Julian Parker/UK Press/Getty Images
Who: Keira Knightley Where: Born in Richmond, London, in 1985 What: Over the years, we've seen this Oscar-nominated star kick a football in "Bend It Like Beckham," drive her husband's best friend mad with love for her in "Love, Actually," act the part of the headstrong Cecilia in the film version of Ian McEwan's "Atonement," bring Elizabeth Bennet to life for a new generation in "Pride and Prejudice," wield a cutlass in "Pirates of the Caribbean," embark on an ill-advised affair in "Anna Karenina" and become a numbers whiz in "The Imitation Game." In short, there's nothing this actress can't do. Look out for her next period piece as the French writer Colette, author of Gigi," who struggled through an abusive marriage and was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948. Photo Credit: Monica Schipper/FilmMagic
Who: Cara Delevingne Where: The 23-year-old model-turned-actress was born in Hammersmith, London Where: The outspoken model isn't just a pretty face, although her eyebrows have spawned thousands of imitators and have social media accounts dedicated to them. Her aristo-meets-punk style and irreverent personality make her a larger-than-life character that easily transitioned from catwalk and Burberry campaign to the big screen. After roles in "Anna Karenina," and upcoming "The Suicide Squad" and "Tulip Fever," she's set to star in 2017's "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets," directed by Luc Besson, about two intergalactic, time-travelling special ops agents. Photo Credit: Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for MTV
Who: Kaya Scodelario Where: Born in West Sussex, in 1992 What: Cast as Effy Stonem in the first series of "Skins" aged just 14, Scodelario's career has been going from strength to strength. In 2014, she scored the leading role of Teresa in dystopian sci-fi thriller, "The Maze Runner," and its subsequent sequels (the third installment, The Death Cure, is due out next year as well). In 2017, she'll follow in the footsteps that made fellow Brit Keira Knightley a household name, starring opposite Johnny Depp in the latest "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales," as the feisty Carina Smyth. Watch this space. Photo Credit: Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic
Who: Natalie Dormer Where: Born in Reading, England, in 1982 What: Over the years, you're likely to have seen Dormer seducing Henry VII in "The Tudors," kicking butt in "The Hunger Games" franchise and aggressively scheming as Margaery Tyrell in "Game of Thrones." This actress's star is still on the rise: next year, watch out for her in "Patient Zero," which explores what happens when a deadly virus turns everyone — well, almost — into Infected zombies. Photo Credit: Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images
Who: Annabelle Wallis Where: Born in Oxford in 1984 What: The "Peaky Blinders" star is going even further back in time for her next project: the reboot of the successful late-90s film, "The Mummy," in which Wallis will star opposite Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe. She'll also be appearing in "Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur," a retelling of the Lancelot story, with Eric Bana and Charlie Hunnam. Photo Credit: Joel Ryan/Invision/AP
Who: Karen Gillan Where: Born in Inverness, Scotland, in 1987 What: From her small-screen big break as Dr. Who's flame-haired assistant to roles in major movies like "The Big Short" and "In A Valley of Violence," which comes out September 2016 and sees her starring opposite Ethan Hawke and John Travolta, Gillan's cementing a place for herself in Hollywood. She's also got superpowers: look out for her as blue-skinned cyborg assassin Nebula in "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," out May 2017. Photo Credit: Steve Granitz/WireImage
Who: Naomi Scott Where: The singer and actress was born in London in 1993 What: Three words: Pink. Power. Ranger. Keep an eye out for her in the Power Rangers movie hitting cinemas March 2017. Photo Credit: Gus Stewart/Redferns via Getty Images