Scott Harris January 2, 2013
When 2012 started, Channing Tatum seemed like a solid actor, a good-looking dude and a decent supporting cast member. Then he came out with “The Vow,’ “21 Jump Street,” “Magic Mike” and “10 Years.” And by the time 2012 ended, Channing Tatum had turned himself into a bona fide A-lit international superstar.
Which got us thinking: Who is set up to become the next Channing Tatum? With that in mind, here’s a look at some of the actors and actresses poised to become the Next Big Thing in 2013.
Elizabeth Olsen: After garnering widespread acclaim for her 2011 breakout role in “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” it’s hard to believe that some people still only know Elizabeth Olsen and Mary-Kate and Ashley’s younger sister. But that’s going to change in a big way this year, as Olsen is set to appear in no fewer than four films, including Spike Lee’s high profile remake of the cult classic Korean horror film “Oldboy.” “Martha Marcy May Marlene” put her on the map, but her 2013 output is set to propel her to the top of Hollywood’s food chain — and turn the other Olsen into the only Olsen that matters.
Mia Wasikowska: At the tender age of 23, Mia Wasikowska already has one major international blockbuster on her resume thanks to 2010’s “Alice in Wonderland.” In 2013, though, she has four potential hits scheduled for release, with two more in production that may see theaters before year’s end. The big ones, though, are the creepy psychological thriller “Stoker” by director Chan-wook Park and the Richard Ayoade comedy “The Double,” either of which alone would make it a good year. Together, it’s a one-two punch that should pave the way to some A-list attention.
Chloe Grace Moretz: This February, Chloe Grace Moretz is set to turn 16, and what a sweet 16 it’s going to be. Since bursting onto the scene with 2010’s “Kick-Ass,” Moretz has wowed fans and critics in films like “Let Me In” and “Hugo.” But this year she’s set to take things to a new level as she headlines both “Kick-Ass 2″ and the new remake of Stephen King’s horror classic “Carrie.” Even at her young age, Moretz has already proven that she has the acting chops and the box office draw to become a major young star; 2013 is the year she puts the whole package together.
Teresa Palmer: The latest import from Australia’s seemingly inexhaustible supply of acting talent, Palmer has already made her mark in Hollywood by appearing a number of major releases. Unfortunately for her, though, if you’ve seen any of them, it basically means you’ve been watching bad movies (i.e. “I Am Number Four,” “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” “The Grudge 2,” etc.). This year, though, it looks as if Palmer has finally found some projects that can showcase her potential, namely the upcoming zombie romance “Warm Bodies” and the newest Terrence Malick awards season catnip, “Knight of Cups.” Malick doesn’t just work with anyone, of course, so 2013 could finally be the year audiences get to see what kind of acting star Palmer can truly be.
Olivia Wilde: This is a tricky one, since Wilde has become almost ubiquitous in Hollywood, appearing in almost two dozen projects in the last four years alone — and that’s not even getting into her recurring role on the TV series “House.” Now that “House’ has finally ended, though, Wilde may have the free time to stop just taking bit parts and actually get some juicier roles. And she has three films coming out this year that suggest this may be her time to shine: The Paul Haggis romance “The THird Person,” Ron Howard’s racing drama “Rush” and the Steve Carell comedy “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.” In 2013, Wilde should stop being second fiddle and get the solo recognition she deserves.
Chris Pine: When “Star Trek” hit theaters in 2009, Chris Pine jumped to the top of everybody’s Next big Thing list. Four years later, he’s still on it. Sure, he’s had some okay movies since “Star Trek,” like “Unstoppable” and “People Like Us,” but he still hasn’t quite become the above the title superstar everyone has been expecting. Until now, that is: With both “Star Trek Into Darkness” and “Jack Ryan” on tap for 2013, Pine is about to become the biggest thing since sliced bread — or since Channing tatum himself, anyway.
Nicholas Hoult: He may only be 23, but Nicholas Hoult has already been in the movie business for 16 years, appearing in movies like “About a Boy” and “X-Men: First Class.” There comes a time when every pupil needs to graduate, though, and 2013 is the year for Hoult. Not only does he headline “Warm Bodies” opposite fellow It List pick Teresa Palmer, he’s also the lead in the fantasy fairy tale “Jack the Giant Slayer.” And if the people behind the new “Mad Max” remake ever get around to releasing it in theaters, well, Hoult has a role in that one too. It’s a good thing he has such a nice looking face, because movie fans are going to be looking at it for a long time to come.
Liam Hemsworth: He’s had some nice roles in some big films (see: “The Hunger Games,” “The Expendables 2.” Or, well, you don’t really have to see that one), but for most fans, Liam Hemsworth is still either Chris Hemsworth’s little brother or Mr. Miley Cyrus. But he’s got more than enough leading man potential in his own right, and with three major films on tap in 2013 — besides “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” he’s also facing off against Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in “Empire State” and going toe to toe with Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford in “Paranoia” — Hemsworth is ready to have the kind of breakout year most stars can only dream of.
Benedict Cumberbatch: The oldest candidate on our list at 36, Benedict Cumberbatch has been a star on British television for years, headlining hits like “Sherlock.” And he’s also had nice roles in several big Hollywood movies including “Atonement,” “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” and “War Horse.” But he’s never really been given the chance to become, you know, a star. In 2013, though, he has two of the biggest roles of the year, playing the bad guys in both “Star Trek Into Darkness” and “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” where he does double duty as the dragon Smaug and the sinister Necromancer. You know what they say: If you can’t kill them with kindness, kill them with… evil magic.
James Badge Dale: Okay, so it’s a bit of a stretch to think that James badge Dale will become the next Channing Tatum just yet, given that most people still haven’t heard of him. But that’s slowly changing for the star of TV’s “Rubicon” and “The Pacific.” In 2011, Dale landed roles in ‘The Grey” and “Shame,” but this year he’s got parts in three of the biggest films of 2013: “The Lone Ranger,” “World War Z” and “Iron Man 3.” How quickly does it take for an unknown to become an A-list star? Ask Dale in about, oh, 12 months.
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