EE Rising Star Award Nominee

Tessa Thompson

Tessa Thompson

See Tessa in action in this clip from Thor: Ragnarok.

About the Nominee

Tessa Thompson’s long-standing career reached special prominence with her most recent role as the female lead in the Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Creed, from award-winning filmmaker Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station). The film explored a new chapter in the “Rocky” story and stars Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone in his iconic role. Thompson starred as ‘Bianca,’ a local singersongwriter who becomes involved with Adonis (Jordan). The film was released on November 25, 2015, and garnered critical acclaim and award accolades for the cast. The National Board of Review selected Creed as one of the “Top Films” of 2015.

Thompson is currently starring as the female lead in the third installment of the Thor franchise opposite Chris Hemsworth. Thor: Ragnarok is directed by Taika Waititi and also stars Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum and Mark Ruffalo. The film was released on the 3rd November 2017 and has grossed over $790,000,000 worldwide. Following Thor: Ragnarok, Thompson will star opposite Natalie Portman in the sci-fi thriller Annihilation for director Alex Garland and producer Scott Rudin. The film will be relesed on the 23rd February 2018.

This spring, Thompson shot indie title Little Woods, with Lily James. The film is a modern Western that tells the story of two sisters, Ollie (Thompson) and Deb (James), who are driven to work outside the law to better their lives. Additionally, she shot Furlough with Melissa Leo, Anna Paquin, Whoopi Goldberg, and La La Anthony.

Thompson recently wrapped production on director Boots Riley’s Sorry to Bother You. The film tells the story of a black telemarketer who becomes successful when he discovers a way to make his voice sound like it is overdubbed by a white actor in a macabre, magical-realist Oakland. Armie Hammer, Lakeith Stanfield, Steven Yuen and Terry Crews also star.

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