It seems that 2013 gifted the world with the one of largest crop of young new actors whom we can expect to dominate Hollywood in the coming years. This group of extremely talented stars made their cinematic breakthroughs in some of the year’s most critically acclaimed movies and are already attached to star in some of the biggest movies yet to come.
Having caused a stir with his eerie performance in the 2012 sci-fi thriller, Chronicle, DeHaan is fast becaming a well-known name thanks to his performance as Lucien Carr in Kill Your Darlings alongside Daniel Radcliffe and as Jason in The Place Beyond the Pines. Next up for Dane is a juicy comic book role. He’ll be butting heads with Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker as he plays Peter’s frenemy, Harry Osborn, in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (out next May). With uniquely good looks and impeccable skills, I fully expect DeHaan to become Hollywood’s next Leonardo DiCaprio.
Woodley caught the attention of critics with her turn as George Clooney’s eldest daughter in 2011’s Oscar winning The Descendants. Before that she won over an impressive following as Amy Jurgens in the hit show, The Secret Life of the American Teenager. She continued to win the affections of fans and critics a like in last summer’s The Spectacular Now. She’s set to gain a even bigger following when she stars in the film adaptations of the popular YA novels (yup, plural) The Fault In Our Stars by John Green and Divergent by Veronica Roth.
Before he was the Man of Steel, Henry Cavill lost out on some of Hollywood’s biggest roles including Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Edward Cullen in the Twilight Saga, and James Bond in Casino Royale. He was also lined up to play Superman in the 2004 reboot of the franchise before Bryan Singer took over, turned it into a sequel and cast Brandon Routh in the title role. Cavill finally got to show off his incredible talent (and chest hair) in this year’s Man Of Steel and has already lined up a number of impressive roles, including a Man of Steel sequel co-starring Ben Affleck and the lead in Guy Ritchie’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E. remake.
Before he was cast in the emotionally draining 12 Years A Slave, British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor was a relative unknown in North America. His portrayal of Solomon Northup, a free-born African American who is kidnapped and sold into slavery for 12 years, has been garnering Oscar buzz since the film premiered at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Next up, Ejiofor is set to star in A Season in the Congo and is one of the top candidates for the role of T’Challa/Black Panther in Marvel’s upcoming Black Panther movie.
Michael B. Jordan
Another alum from 2012’s Chronicle, Michael. B. Jordan already grabbed the audience’s attention with his turns on the hits shows Friday Night Lights and The Wire. He only began to hit his stride after after he won the role of real life shooting victim Oscar Grant in this year’s fact-based drama, Fruitvale Station. His star power rose almost immediately and he’ll next been seen next year alongside Zac Efron in the romantic-comedy, That Awkward Moment. It’s also been rumoured that he’s been tapped to play Johnny Storm in the Fantastic Four reboot.
Another Brit making big waves on this side of the ocean, Claflin caught the eye of girls everywhere when it was announced he would be be the hunky Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. With steely good looks and talent to boot, we’ll definitely be seeing more of Sam in the future. You can catch him reprising his role as Finnick in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and Part 2.
Steadily working since 2004, Miles Teller only got the attention he deserved this year thanks to his turn as Sutter Keely in The Spectacular Now for which he was praised by critics and audiences alike. He’s due to reunite with his Spectacular Now co-star Shailene Woodley for Divergent and will be joining Zac Efron and Michael B. Jordan in That Awkward Moment.
Canadian-born actress Tatiana Maslany found sudden fame and a dedicated internet-based fan base when she took on the role of Sarah Manning and her numerous clones in the Space/BBC American original series Orphan Black. With a hefty resume, which includes Canadian indie films and numerous TV guest appearances, Maslany’s fame was unexpected but very well deserved. You can expect to see more of Maslany in season two of Orphan Black.
Already famous as Skins‘ manipulative Tony Stonem, Nicholas Hoult proved he was capable of being a Hollywood leading man when starred in the zombie rom-com, Warm Bodies. If you weren’t addicted to the popular British dramedy, Hoult was also best remembered as Marcus Brewer in About A Boy and for dating Oscar-winning sweetheart (and his X-Men: First Class co-star) Jennifer Lawrence. Fans can catch him in next year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past and should keep an ear out for his voice in the animated comedy, Once Upon A Time In The Kitchen.
Sons of Anarchy hottie Charlie Hunnam turned heads when he fought monsters in the visually stunning sci-fi adventure, Pacific Rim. Though arguably, it was only when he was cast as Fifty Shades Of Grey‘s mysterious Christian Grey that people started to remember his name. Hunnam eventually dropped out of the movie due to scheduling conflicts, but new fans can catch him in the upcoming Guillermo Del Toro horror, Crimson Peak.