From red / dpa
She is only twelve years old and is already on the verge of an international breakthrough: Helena Zengel was noticed in the German film “Systemsprenger”, now she is in the focus of American trade magazines through a project with Tom Hanks.
Hollywood – The twelve-year-old German actress Helena Zengel (“Systemsprenger”) made it onto the annual “Actors to Watch” list of the US trade journal “Variety”. The American film magazine announced its selection of ten actors and actresses whose careers should be given special attention on Monday.
“Variety” refers to Zengel’s appearance in Nora Fingscheidt’s film “Systemsprenger” and to her upcoming US film debut alongside Tom Hanks in the western “Neues aus der Welt”. Hanks plays Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, an 1870 messenger who travels across the country. His life is turned upside down when he receives an unusual assignment. He meets ten-year-old Johanna (Zengel), who was raised by an indigenous people. The messenger is supposed to take the girl to an aunt and uncle against his will – that is, back to the civilized world.
List includes ten hopefuls
Among the ten “Variety” hopefuls is the Bulgarian actress Maria Bakalova (24), who plays Sacha Baron Cohen’s film daughter in the “Borat” sequel, the Irish Paul Mescal (24, “Normal People”) and the US actors Tiffany Boone (33, “Hunters”), Jayme Lawson (19, “Farewell Amor”) and Tom Pelphrey (38, “Ozark”).
The group will be presented in a “Variety” issue in mid-December. The trade journal has been directing attention to promising actors since 1998, who later became popular. These include Brie Larson, Lupita Nyong’o, Octavia Spencer, Mahershala Ali and Timothée Chalamet.