Other nominees include Dakota Johnson, Taron Egerton and Bel Powley.
Bafta has named the five actors in the running for this year’s EE Rising Star Award: John Boyega, Taron Egerton, Dakota Johnson, Brie Larson and Bel Powley.
London-born Boyega most recently played the lead role of Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens while Larson starred in drama Room, a performance that has positioned her as a frontrunner for the best actress Oscar.
Johnson’s breakthrough role came early in 2015 playing the female lead in Fifty Shades Of Grey while Egerton took on his most high-profile role last year opposite Colin Firth in Kingsman: The Secret Service.
London-born Bel Powley, who started out in TV series MI High and Benidorm, moved into film last year with critically acclaimed drama The Diary Of A Teenage Girl and A Royal Night Out.
Egerton, Boyega and Powley are all Screen International Stars of Tomorrow, in 2014, 2011 and 2009 respectively.
The public will be invited to vote for their favourite and the winner will be announced at the Bafta Film Awards in London on Feb 14.
Previous winners include James McAvoy (2006), Kristen Stewart (2010), Tom Hardy (2011), Juno Temple (2013) and Will Poulter (2014) and Jack O’Connell (2015).
The jury who selected the five nominees from the hundreds suggested by BAFTA members included actress Olivia Colman, TV personality Jonathan Ross, producer and jury chair Marc Samuelson; film critic James King; Philomena producer Gabrielle Tana; Pirates of the Caribbean casting director Lucy Bevan; Harry Potter director Mike Newell, and casting director Nina Gold, alongside a group of film and arts journalists.
The award was created in honour of Mary Selway, the BAFTA-winning casting director whose career spanned three decades and more than 90 films before she died in 2004.