Teen Kiwi actress Thomasin McKenzie stuns Hollywood in trailer for Leave No Trace

The trailer for Kiwi actress Thomasin McKenzie's new film Leave No Trace has been released, and with it comes a raft of praise for the rising teen star.

The 17-year-old Wellington native is the daughter of actress Miranda Harcourt and director Stuart McKenzie. She's already featured on Shortland Street, and in the third Hobbit film.

Leave No Trace is set to be the young actor's breakout lead role, with critics already abuzz about her acting prowess.

"Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie gives a breathtakingly confident debut that reminds one of [Jennifer] Lawrence," wrote Brian Tallerico for Rogerebert.com.

The movie is directed by Oscar-nominated Debra Granik, who launched Lawrence's career with Winter's Bone.

McKenzie plays the daughter of a traumatised army veteran played by Ben Foster.

The pair lives off-grid, away from society, until they are discovered and must try to adapt to life in the real world.

Newshub's own Kate Rodger told her Twitter followers to "watch the birth of a star" in the film's first trailer.

McKenzie will also star in Taika Waititi's upcoming anti-war satire JoJo Rabbit, which is currently being filmed in Europe.

Leave No Trace will feature at the New Zealand International Film Festival in July. 


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