Three rising stars from Down Under

Taylor, Palmer, Smit-McPhee all hit it big

Rachael Taylor

This Aussie thesp has already parlayed her breakthrough in Michael Bay’s blockbuster “Transformers” into a gig toplining New Regency’s “Shutter,” now lensing in Tokyo with Japanese helmer Masayuki Ochiai.

Repped by Marquee in Oz and William Morris Stateside, the 22-year-old Tasmanian has been knocking on Hollywood’s door since appearing in “Man-Thing,” made Down Under by “Virtuosity” helmer Brett Leonard.

Taylor flew under the radar while earning her stripes on Aussie skeins “McLeod’s Daughters” and “Headland,” but will shed the anonymity with the July 4 release of “Transformers.”

Kodi Smit-McPhee

This feline-faced junior thesp celebrated his 10th birthday on the set of “Romulus, My Father,” his debut feature in a lead role.

In the family drama from thesp-turned helmer Richard Roxburgh, Smit-McPhee plays opposite Eric Bana and Franka Potente as their son. His character witnesses turmoil and misery with adult poise and childlike humor.

“He’s gorgeous and can really, really act,” says casting director Greg Apps. “If puberty treats him well, he’s got a great future.”

Repped by Active Artists in Oz and William Morris Stateside, he is in talks with Disney and Warner Bros. about upcoming projects.

Teresa Palmer

Teresa Palmer was a college journalism student in Adelaide with no formal acting training when she was cast in the microbudget teen suicide pic “2:37” from junior maverick Murali K. Thalluri.

The soft-spoken, doe-eyed thesp shone in Un Certain Regard selection at Cannes in 2006, following it up with a role in “The Grudge 2.” She next earned a part in Doug Liman’s “Jumper,” but was eventually bumped off the pic when lead characters were rewritten to require older thesps (Rachel Bilson replaced her).

Palmer hasn’t missed a beat, returning to Oz for a role opposite Daniel Radcliffe in “December Boys” and co-starring with Calvin Klein model Travis Fimmel in thriller “Ravenswood.”

Imagine’s “Kids in America” is next. Palmer is repped by Shanahan Management in Oz and William Morris.

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