Selected by The Hollywood Reporter as their "Next Big Thing," ANYA
TAYLOR-JOY (Casey Cooke) was singled out universally for her
breakthrough and debut film role of Thomasin in A24's The Witch, released in
early 2016 to a record-high opening weekend in A24's three-year history. Nigel
Smith of the Guardian praised Taylor-Joy as an Oscar contender, and Richard
Lawson of Vanity Fair said, "She holds the camera with an ethereal, but slightly
menacing, energy. She could be destined for big things." Justin Chang of Variety
said, "If there's any one performer to whom the movie belongs, it's Taylor-Joy."
Directed by Robert Eggers, who won the Directing Award at the Sundance Film
Festival and the Sutherland Award for Best First Feature at the London Film
Festival, the supernatural horror follows a devout Christian family in New
England in the 1640s.
Since the premiere of the film at Sundance Film Festival, she has gone on to
film five leading roles in hugely anticipated films and has become one of the
most in-demand actresses of her generation.
In 2017, Taylor-Joy will be seen in Thoroughbred, which also stars Olivia Cooke
and the late Anton Yelchin in the story of the tempestuous friendship of two
suburban teenage girls. She was recently seen in Vikram Gandhi's Barry opposite
Devon Terrell, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Inspired by true events, Barry explored the time when a young Barack Obama was
trying to find his way as a college student in a new city, forging a
relationship with a fellow student (played by Taylor-Joy), as he is faced with
questions about race, culture and identity. She most recently completed filming
the psychological thriller Marrowbone-the debut of director Sergio G.
Sanchez-the story of four siblings that, afraid of being separated after their
mother's death, hide from the world in their abandoned farm, which within its
old walls hides a terrible secret. The film also stars Mia Goth, George MacKay
and Charlie Heaton.
In 2016, Taylor-Joy was seen as the titular character in Luke Scott's Morgan, a
Ridley Scott-produced sci-fi thriller, which also starred Kate Mara, Paul
Giamatti, Toby Jones and Boyd Holbrook. "...Confirming the promise shown in The
Witch ("Screen Daily"), Anya plays an artificially created humanoid being, which
a corporate risk-management consultant must decide whether or not to terminate."
Taylor-Joy's previous credits include the independent feature Viking Quest, the
second of the BBC fantasy drama series Atlantis and Vampire Academy.
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