Some might share my predicament in having an email on AT&T, leading an instinctual curiosity of the often embarrassing articles courtesy of Yahoo. One that caught my eye in particular was on the upcoming, breakout stars in film this year. For those who aren’t aware, Yahoo don’t exactly do their homework for articles; what else can explain the inclusion of Rihanna on the aforementioned list? But there were one or two worth mentioning, such as Noomi Rapace of the Swedish Girl with the Dragon Tattoo adaptations and Prometheus. So this got me thinking: How about the stars who are on the rise, might make a real breakout and are actually promising? Well, let’s waste little more time and get on with it!
Let’s get the obvious culprit out of the way: Bane himself. For some (including myself), Tom Hardy has already made a bigger splash than what other actors do for their entire career. Sure, he’s not quite a household name, but the man is gradually working his way up the (good) Hollywood ladder. Even without the anticipation of The Dark Knight Rises, Hardy would likely be on his way as an admirable star between staring in Warrior, Inception and the upcoming Depression-era film Lawless. Though the British actor feels that his portrayal of Bane won’t make him a household name, I think it’ll at least open even more roles for him. He’s already well on his way, and I can’t see his solid selections heading downhill any time soon.
Okay, I might be giving a bit too much credit to Mr. Edgerton since most people don’t know him beyond co-staring with Hardy in Warrior. But the man has shown talent and promise. Some might not remember, but he played Owen Lars in two of the Star Wars prequels. He’s also playing Tom Buchanan in the upcoming remake of The Great Gatsby alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire. No, he might not hit it big this year, but there’s a chance he could prove to be a competent performer sometime in the future.
Hiddleston is already been making a bit of a name for himself despite the fact he’s only really known for being Loki. 2011 was a pretty big year him, including roles in Thor, Midnight in Paris and War Horse. He’s also set to reprise his role as Loki in Thor 2 and is even signed up for three TV movies (the two-parter Henry IV and the title role in Henry V). Right now most people just know him as the guy Hulk slammed around in a classic Avengers scene, but given his upcoming roster, chances are he might become one of the next go-to actors.
Many people consider Michael Fassbender to be THE underrated star to keep an eye on. Haywire may not have been the best of his recent selections, but between playing a young Magneto in X-Men: First Class, the lead role in Shame and, like the aforementioned Noomi Rapace, holding a role in Prometheus, the man is building some serious momentum. Not just that, but he’s proven to be a great player in almost all of his films, earning the most praise for Shame. Hopefully his lack of other films coming out this year won’t deter his rise.
Among the younger-looking inclusions on this list, Andrew Garfield was, until recently, only known for playing Eduardo Saverin in The Social Network. If people weren’t sympathizing with Eisenberg’s egocentric Zuckerberg, they were likely rooting for Garfield’s character. And now he’s playing Peter Parker in the soon-to-be-released Spider-Man reboot, which has quickly dispelled much skepticism. If the film manages to be a big hit (which looks very likely), then it’s guaranteed to open even more for the young, talented actor.
When you see Cillian Murphy, you likely think of him as “that guy who’s been in half of Nolan’s recent films.” And it’s true that, outside of playing Scarecrow and having a supporting role in Inception, there hasn’t been much to credit him with. But this doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a shot at being another potential player in the near future. The upcoming film Red Lights holds some promise, which features Murphy alongside Sigourney Weaver. It might not impact the box office, but there’s potential for studios to take notice. Also, if it means anything, Nolan actually thought of casting Murphy as Bruce Wayne in Batman Begins before being handed to Christian Bale. If those two were in the running, then it has to be a good sign!
It’s really surprising how Jeremy Renner still hasn’t become a household name, given his filmography and (well deserved) accolades. He’s received two Oscar nominations, has proven to be incredible versatile between roles in The Town, The Hurt Locker and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. He’s even taking Damon’s place in the fourth, upcoming Bourne film. The man is very talented and is just barely into his 30’s; so why don’t more people seem to know about him? For those who might have looked this actor over, I suggest watching the movies he’s in again and taking note: Renner has a lot of promise and is someone I think more directors would be wise in considering.
Of all the listed actors, this is the one that’s closest to being widely recognized. It seems that right when 50/50 hit theaters, everyone was all ablaze about Joseph Gordon-Levitt, claiming him the next truly big actor to look out for. Most of us know by now that he’ll be playing young cop John Blake in The Dark Knight Rises as well as a lead role in Looper. But why stop there? We’ll also be seeing him in the upcoming action/thriller Premium Rush and the much-anticipated Lincoln as Robert Todd Lincoln. Sounds like our boy has his resume booked and ready for just about anything.
What? You thought I was going to leave the female demographic unrecognized? Actresses like Carey Mulligan are further solidifying themselves in a crowded field, but it’s a good thing they’re around for us to enjoy. Sure, Carey might have been part of a less-than solid piece in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, but with other works such as Drive, Brothers, Shame and Public Enemies, I think we can let one stinker slide. For some reason I associate her with Michelle Williams (another young and promising actress), even though they hardly look alike. Either way, we’re talking great talent at a young age, and things should be going uphill for Carey.
So Carey Mulligan has the lackluster Wall Street sequel to potentially complain about. Anna Kendrick, on the other hand, has been involved in each Twilight film to date. How can someone featured in those films make this list? Much like Carey, it’s her good selections and roles that got her on this list. Between Up in the Air, an earnest performance in 50/50 and a small but fun role in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, she’s certainly not one to simply shrug aside (like many of us foolishly did when the latter came out). Those combined with roles in ParaNorman, The Company You Keep and the seemingly relevant 2013 film Get a Job are enough proof to convince me that she’s more than just a sweet, pretty face.
Most of us probably recognized Marion as Cobb’s wife from Inception. Yet what many probably don’t realize is that she won an Oscar three years earlier for the French film La vie en rose. Some have already noted her very briefly as Miranda Tate in The Dark Knight Rises as well. Similar to other French actress Audrey Tautou of Amelie, Marion might not become an actress of Hollywood fame (any time soon), but this shouldn’t deter people from keeping their eyes peeled for whatever else either star might be in.