Bryce Dallas Howard
After honing her skills in the theater world, the virtually unknown Howard landed a plum role in M. Night Shyamalan's The Village, stepping in to play a part that was originally intended for Kirsten Dunst. Her performance as a sheltered blind girl proved sufficiently haunting and generated serious buzz.
Howard reteamed with Shyamalan for Lady in the Water and later played a fitting Shakespearean lady in As You Like It, earning a Golden Globe nod. She also donned platinum locks to play Peter Parker's love interest Gwen Stacy in the big-budget Spider-Man 3.
When a mysterious 10-year-old boy, Pete, turns up, claiming to live in the woods with a giant green dragon, it's up to a forest ranger, Grace, and the young Natalie to learn where the boy came from, where he belongs, and the truth about this magical dragon.