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Each year we are blessed with fresh faces bursting onto the screen with edgy roles that the movie crowd just can’t stop talking about. Last year we got Elizabeth Olsen, who wowed audiences in the eerie cult flick, Martha Marcy Mae Marlene, and had us pondering, “How can this girl be the young sister of the Olsen Twins? And how have we never heard of her before?” While she may not have received an Oscar nomination, Elizabeth Olsen received plenty of praise and has multiple titles set for a 2012 release. Now it is a new year but there has been little discussion of who is going to be the next big thing. It may still be too early to call, but here I have predicted who will become the breakout stars of 2012 and go on to be a household name.
Here we go:
Despite having a few key roles in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and Death Proof, Winstead has yet to escape from cheap horror flicks. Sundance has come and gone quietly, but there was a little bit of buzz over Winstead’s latest film, Smashed. In the film, Winstead plays an alcoholic attempting to get sober. The dramedy seems a perfect fit for her skills and has the supporting talents of Aaron Paul and Octavia Spencer to boot. The clock is ticking on whether this rising star gets her long overdue breakout, but Sony Picture Classics picking up the film is definitely good news. This same studio brought both Anne Hathaway and Carey Mulligan Oscar nominations, and the pattern could continue if momentum for the film continues to build.
No one in their right mind can call JGL a “breakout star”, but 2012 is shaping out to be the year that finally makes this man a full-blown superstar. From The Dark Knight Rises to Looper to his three other major films, you will see JGL everywhere next year, and I have no problem with that! We have seen inklings of his star power in (500) Days of Summer and 50/50, yet neither can compare to the effect that 2012 will have on his fame.
Even though you could argue that the entire Hunger Games cast will have their breakout this year, Josh Hutcherson will be the one leading the pack. Sure, Jennifer Lawrence has the lead role, but Hutcherson is her male counterpart and will most likely take advantage of it. The young actor has been on the brink of stardom ever since Bridge to Terabithia back in 2007, however he has yet to have a lead role in a hit since then. Now Hutcherson seems to have found his niche in the role of Peeta. Since the film is geared toward teens, there is a possibility that he could go on to become the next heartthrob on par with Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner (hopefully a less annoying heartthrob). Hutcherson has a lot going for him and it looks like The Hunger Games is the perfect way to put his name out there.
Perhaps the most unknown of all the possible breakout stars, Naomie Harris is an intriguing actress with a diverse body of work. The Brit survived 28 Days Later with Cillian Murphy and messed with Jack Sparrow and company as Calypso in Pirates of the Caribbean, and now the actress joins Ursula Andress, Halle Berry, and numerous other beautiful women as the latest Bond girl in Skyfall. Although the Bond girl status has plagued many promising actresses in the past, Harris has solidified her career as an actress, therefore the part can only help her. Helen McCrory may have top billing in the film but I have a feeling Harris, who is much younger and attractive, will be the one to bring the sex appeal that is essential for any Bond girl.
Yet another Dark Knight Rises star that has the potential to make it big. Thankfully, similar to JGL, Temple has five films set for release this year. However, the Batman finale may prove the only film of hers that will make it mainstream. I do believe that her part in it will be more than enough to get audiences buzzing about this rising star. As of right now though her part is still very mysterious. Her role is billed as “Holly Robinson” therefore based on my brief knowledge of the Batman comics it seems that Temple will be Catwoman’s (Anne Hathaway) sidekick in the film. Based upon her brief,but juicy, role as a snotty aristocrat in Atonement, I am thrilled to know that she will be playing another bad guy. Plus, even if Dark Knight Rises doesn’t give her as much recognition as she deserves, there are still her four other films for her to fall back on.
While he may be a little old to be a breakout star, Freeman will be reviving more recognition than he has ever received in his career. Fans of the original British Office should be familiar with his work, but other than that, Freeman has only supporting roles in his filmography. Having a lead role in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit may be a lot to handle, yet the veteran actor seems like he’s handling it well. The only doubt about Freeman’s rise to stardom would be the fact that the original Lord of the Rings’ cast did not shoot to fame. Yet considering that The Hobbit focuses on Freeman’s journey, he is most likely to receive plenty of recognition.
2012 has plenty to look forward to and I cannot wait to see how it all pans out. Happy movie going!!