Best rising film star

James Ponsoldt

Staff Pick

James Ponsoldt shot his 2013 film starring Miles Teller, The Spectacular Now, in his hometown of Athens, Ga. Now that the film is receiving rave reviews, Ponsoldt is headed on to a spectacular future. The filmmaker cut his teeth as the writer/director of intimate indie features such as Off the Black and Smashed. Currently, he's not only slated to direct the Hillary biopic Rodham, but he's also been tapped to adapt Pippin and Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock (novelist Matthew Quick's follow-up to The Silver Linings Playbook) for the Weinstein Company. He's also committed to write and direct Julianna Baggott's dystopian teen novel Pure for Fox 2000. We expect he'll bring that eloquent and self-confident touch that made Spectacular so memorable to all that work.
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