Meet the Young Stars of This December’s Big Movies

Fresh New Faces Take on the Big Screen This Holiday Season

Meet the Young Stars of This December’s Big Movies
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Bailee Madison at the GBK 2012 Golden Globes Gift Lounge.

December is the best month of the year for movies as studio's race to the finish line for awards season. And this time around a whole new slate of young actors will hit the big screen. Here are a few to watch over the holidays.

Bailee Madison in 'Parental Guidance'

TV fans will recognize Bailee Madison right away in her big December 25 movie. After all she played Maxine Russo on the hit series "Wizards of Waverly Place" and has appeared as Young Snow White on "Once Upon a Time." But this winter she'll be playing a regular, everyday teen in the big screen comedy "Parental Guidance." Think "Parenthood" meets "Modern Family" and ask your mother and father about the actors playing her grandparents - they were major stars back in their day.

Tom Holland in 'The Impossible'

The role that 16-year-old actor Tom Holland takes on in "The Impossible" seems to be just that for someone his age. That's especially true if you consider that the star of the U.K. production of "Billy Elliot the Musical" had only one major film credit under his belt before signing on to play Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts' son in the Tsunami movie. The result is a powerful performance in the midst of a flick that will remind you just how lucky you are to have your friends and family close this holiday season. "The Impossible" opens on December 21.

Isabelle Allen in 'Les Miserables'

By now you've seen her face on movie theater posters and on the side of buses everywhere, but you probably don't know her name. That's because Isabelle Allen, the 10-year-old who was cast as the child version of Amanda Seyfried's character Cosette in the musical "Les Miserables," is a total newcomer. She'll have to prove she has the chops to carry a big solo come Christmas Day , the haunting tune "Castle in the Cloud."

Grant Goodman in 'Playing for Keeps'

So far 12-year-old Grant Goodman has jumped some major hurdles for a young actor. He had to play a young version of "The Office's" Rainn Wilson in "Super." He portrayed Zach Galifianakis' son in the election comedy "Campaign." And he shot the action flick "G.I. Joe 2" with director John Chu. On December 7 he'll star alongside Oscar winner Catherine Zeta-Jones and Golden Globe nominee Dennis Quaid in the romantic comedy "Playing for Keeps."

The Stars of 'Lads & Jockeys'

You'll have to dig a little to find a theater in your neighborhood that's playing this French documentary on December 2. But If you do, you'll discover the most unlikely stars of the holiday season - French 14-year-olds who are training to be jockeys. This isn't your typical holiday movie and it might not be something you'd normally rush out to see. But if you give it a chance, you'll see into a world where passionate kids prove that age doesn't matter when you follow your dreams.

Check local listings for showtimes at a theater near you.

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