Hollywood’s 10 Most Promising Young Actors

Hollywood’s 10 Most Promising Young Actors

In recent years, there has begun to be a clear emergence of the next generation of Hollywood stars. Sure, the A-listers we all know and love are still churning out incredible material, but there’s a fairly large crop of young actors who are starting to impress. So just for fun, here’s a look at or picks for Hollywood’s 10 most promising young actors.

1. Jennifer Lawrence

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No one else belongs at the top of this list. Lawrence has already won an Oscar for Best Actress, and she only just turned 23.

2. Chris Hemsworth

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Hemsworth just proved he’s more than a Hollywood hunk with an outstanding performance in “Rush,” and looks like a true movie star in the making.

3. Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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JGL is wildly popular, to the point that he’s risking the kind of overexposure that cooled everyone off on James Franco a few years back – but he’s a very talented actor, and with “Don Jon” just displayed some writing and directing chops as well.

4. Shailene Woodley

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Woodley exploded onto the scene with the 2012 hit “The Descendants,” and more recently starred in “The Spectacular Now.” She’s off to a red hot start in what looks like a promising career.

5. Dane DeHaan

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This young actor (who incidentally is a bit of a young Leo DiCaprio lookalike) is suddenly everywhere. From “Lawless” to a minor role in “Lincoln,” to the strange Metallica thriller/concert film “Through The Never,” and even into an upcoming role as Harry Osbourne in Marvel‘s “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” DeHaan is making himself known. He’s currently in theaters alongside Daniel Radcliffe in the already much-acclaimed “Kill Your Darlings.”

6. Michael B. Jordan

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Not enough people saw “Fruitvale Station” earlier this year. See it, and you’ll be convinced Jordan can be a star.

7. Abigail Breslin

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She’s charmed us since “Little Miss Sunshine,” and as the youngest on this list – and an absolutely outstanding child actress – she’s going places.

8. Justin Timberlake

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JT is being criticized some for a relatively stale role in the disappointing film “Runner Runner,” in which he plays a savvy online gambler. You know the idea: the college genius who spends his free time racking up spare cash on Betfair’s Bingo site. Everything from bingo and jackpots to live poker tournaments, it’s a great way to earn some spare cash in a secure online environment. But in JT’s case, things go sour on a fictional online casino, leading to a dangerous set of circumstances. The role lacked originality, but JT himself was enjoyable, and truth be told the man can act.

9. Daniel Radcliffe

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Radcliffe stars in the aforementioned “Kill Your Darlings,” and as he sheds the image of Harry Potter, he’s becoming a fine young actor.

10. Taylor Kitsch

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Known as Tim Riggins on the television version of “Friday Night Lights,” Kitsch has since chosen a few unfortunate roles. But he’s incredible likable on screen, and the right role could easily catapult him.

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