There's no introduction needed for the elder half of the 'Beautiful Creatures' cast, which includes Oscar winners Jeremy Irons and Emma Thompson, along with Oscar nominee Viola Davis. But the young leads -- Alden Ehrenreich and Alice Englert -- are probably unknown to most audiences.

As for the rest of film's stars, a few of them have been acting for ages, including "Veronica Mars" alum Kyle Gallner and "Phantom of the Opera" songbird Emmy Rossum. Interestingly, almost all of these rising actors have a famous connection: several have showbiz parents and one was "discovered" by Steven Spielberg.

Ahead of the film's Friday release, we run down the young stars of the supernatural romance and their ties to "Back to the Future," "The Piano" and ... handbags?

Beautiful Creatures
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Star-crossed teens uncover dark secrets about their families, history and town. Read More

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