Here Comes the Next Wave: 10 Actors Poised to Become Major Feature-Film Stars
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Here Comes the Next Wave: 10 Actors Poised to Become Major Feature-Film Stars

By Dustin Rowles | Seriously Random Lists | July 26, 2012 | Comments ()


Jane Levy

Where You've Seen Her: ABC's Suburgatory and Showtime's Shameless

Where You're About to See More of Her: The Johnny Knoxville comedy Fun Size and as the lead in the Evil Dead remake.


Ruth Wilson.

Where You've Seen Her: Luther and the Jane Eyre mini-series.

Where You're About to See More of Her: Anna Karenina and Johnny Depp's Lone Ranger.

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Jessica Brown Findlay

Where You've Seen Her: Downton Abbey and Misfits

Where You're About to See More of Her: Akiva Goldman's Winter's Tale with Russell Crowe and Will Smith, and, Shoplifters of the World, based on the true events concerning four rabid fans of The Smiths who take a radio DJ by hostage and force him to play only Smiths songs.


Ben Whishaw

Where You've Seen Him: The Hour and Perfume: The Story of a Murderer .

Where You're About to See More of Him: Cloud Atlas and the James Bond film, Skyfall.


Jason Clarke

Where You've Seen Him: The short-lived television series Chicago Code and Showtime's Brotherhood.

Where You're About to See More of Him: Baz Lurhmann's Great Gatsby, Lawless, and Kathryn Bigelow's next film about Navy SEAL Team 6 tracking down Osama Bin Laden, Zero Dark Thirty.


Oscar Isaac

Where You've Seen Him: Drive and Sucker Punch, among others.

Where You're About to See More of Him: Bourne Legacy, Won't Back Down with Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal, Elizabeth Olsen's crime thriller Therese Raquin, The Coen Bros. Inside Llewyn Davis, and Hossein Amini's Two Faces of January.



Where You've Seen Him: The Wu Tang Clan and Showtime's Californiacation

Where You're About to See More of Him: As director and star of The Man with the Iron Fists with Russell Crowe, in G.I. Joe: Retaliation and in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained.


Kit Harington

Where You've Seen Him: In HBO's Game of Thrones

Where You're About to See More of Him: Silent Hill: Revelation with Sean Bean, The Seventh Son with Julianne Moore and Jeff Bridges, doing voice work for the How to Train Your Dragon sequel, and possibly as the lead in Monte Cassino.


Jai Courtney

Where You've Seen Him: In Starz Spartacus: Vengeance

Where You're About to See More of Him: In Jack Reacher with Tom Cruise, as John McClane, Jr. in the Die Hard sequel, A Good Day to Die Hard, and in next year's blockbuster, I, Frankenstein.


James Badge Dale

Where You've Seen Him: In AMC's Rubicon

Where You're About to See More of Him: Denzel Washington's Flight, Brad Pitt's World War Z, Iron Man 3 and Johnny Depp's Lone Ranger

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  • James


    And how about 24 and SHAME? That's where I got to meet James Badge Dale, whose name I'm only learning right now.

  • mudywaters

    Kit Harington has the most potential to "break-out", but I think Jason Clarke is the best actor on this list.

  • Wu-Tang

    Stop trying to make RZA happen.

  • Eve

    Oscar, my, I'd say something but I realized everything I want to do with him is unprintable.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    Jai Courtney should have been cast as Reacher (I'm sure this is a popular opinion and I apologize if it's the 17th time it's been posted but I haven't read the comments yet.) I realize "they" wanted a big name in the starring role but I really can't see this franchise going anywhere with Cruise in it.

    Jai Courtney was one of the best things about Spartacus (one of my guiltiest of pleasures) and I was sad that his part didn't last longer. He's got a lot of charisma, he's very easy on the eyes and his acting ain't too bad either. I'm looking forward to seeing him in the future, hopefully in some roles that include nudity.

  • That photo of Jessica Brown Findlay is taking Downton Abbey's cultural necrophilia to a whole new level.
    I've always thought that the Pajiba 10 was a reasonably accurate harbinger of who's "cool" now and who's up and coming.

  • Kip Hackman

    Cool. Cool, cool, cool.

  • Megan

    James Badge Dale! Fasschlong's creeper boss in Shame!

  • No mention of Badge Dale being one of the leads in HBO's mini-series "The Pacific"?

  • Beaniebabby

    Lord of the Flies? The Departed?

  • jamie pants


  • Also, I thought Isaac was impressive during his relatively short screen time in "Drive"..

  • Salieri2

    I'm....I'm sorry, did you say that the guy who wrote "Batman & Robin" will be adapting Mark Helprin's Winter's Tale for...Russell Crowe and Will Smith? I can't even. I can't do this anymore. I can't--has anyone else read the--look. Go read some quotes.

    Winter's Tale.

    Here. Here's one.

    “To be mad is to feel with excruciating intensity the sadness and joy of a time which has not arrived or has already been. And to protect their delicate vision of that other time, madmen will justify their condition with touching loyalty, and surround it with a thousand distractive schemes. These schemes, in turn, drive them deeper and deeper into the darkness and light (which is their mortification and their reward), and confront them with a choice. They may either slacken and fall back, accepting the relief of a rational view and the approval of others, or they may push on, and, by falling, arise. When and if by their unforgivable stubbornness they finally burst through to worlds upon worlds of motionless light, they are no longer called afflicted or insane. They are called saints.”

    What the hell is Bat Nipples gonna do with that?

  • Another Kate

    Salieri2, you're kidding, right? Right? TELL ME YOU ARE MAKING THIS SHIT UP. The thought of Hollywood butchering that beautiful book -- and butcher it they will, the thing's un-filmable -- is throwing me into a frothing rage. Please tell me this is someone's very bad idea of a joke.

  • Salieri2

    Whether it is or isn't, here's its IMDB page. Says it's in pre-production; also includes Colin Farrell. Will Smith is listed as "(rumored)", so there's a ray of hope.

    Why couldn't they pick on Memoir From Antproof Case? You could at least make a B- action/comedy pic out of that one, heavy on the camp. Jim Carrey would star, straight to video, we could all pretend Helprin hadn't been violated.

  • Polly Oliver

    Jai was terrible as Varro in Spartacus. A misstep in a rather fantastic over the top series. I didn't shed a single tear when he *SPOILER* was murdered by Ilithyia.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    How DARE you! I loved him. I didn't like the bleached hair but I thought he was very good.

  • Pookie

    When did you give up, Rowles?

  • Samantha

    Ooh, please more Ben Whishaw!

  • David Sorenson

    Weird. Photos of Ruth Wilson do nothing for me, but put her in Luther with an evil gleam in her eyes as she plays a sociopath and I'd leave my wife on Christmas morning for a chance to be toyed with and likely murdered by her.

    File that under "Things I should be saying to my therapist and not on the internet."

  • JAJenks

    Kit Harrington always looks like a beautiful tragic poet. I love him in Thrones and I really hope he has the acting range I think he has just waiting to burst out when given the opportunity.

  • the_wakeful

    My room mate went to highschool with Jane Levy (and apparently one of his friends dated her or something). When suburgatory came out, my room mate flipped shit. If she gets big I'm going to have to hear about her every goddamn day. Kill me now.

  • DarthCorleone

    Evil Dead *remake*? How did I miss that news? And how is it that the Evil Dead fans haven't destroyed the Internet in an unprecedented bout of protest fury?

  • rio

    because both sam raimi and bruce campbell are producing and are on it. Plus Ash as a redhead? I don't know about you but I can work with that.

  • roodle

    i wish mos def was on this list.

  • Snath

    Oh shit, Dale was in The Pacific. I knew I knew him from somewhere. That goofy rubber smile up there threw me.

  • gonewithtwins

    This might be something stupid to point out, but Jai Courtney wasn't in Vengeance. He played Varro in Blood and Sand. His IMDB page is wrong, unless he did a cameo in flashback I'm just not remembering.

  • All value add. Yes, you are correct.

  • TK the Other (de-lurking)

    Loved Ruth Wilson in Luther. Nice to see a pretty Brit redhead who can act *cough* Pond *cough* (not that I mind Karen, but Ruth has got cold-blooded crazy down...)

  • Rooks

    Ah, the one Jane Eyre who yelled and sobbed and pulled her hair properly when the guy she loved threatened to send her away and marry the dull blonde chick. How I love Ruth Wilson.
    And Ben Wishaw... he does things to my loins. Not necessarily that picture of him up there in which he looks a bit like a homeless physics student. But in 'Perfume', and in 'Bright Star'... umfgh.

  • Alex Kuhn

    She is definitely my favorite Jane Eyre, too. She wasn't too cold or uptight when shit got real.

  • Rooks

    My thoughts exactly. It seems Zelah Clarke has started some sort of tradition in which Jane is supposed to be as silent and subdued as possible, even when she's at her most upset (i.e. in the parting/proposal-scene). As dramatic as single tears rolling down pale cheeks are, I think that scene especially deserved some more--- more of what Wilson did with it. Passion, and pain, and daring to be "ugly" when crying.

  • Jenne Frisby

    I didn't get this at all, until about third episode of The Hour, and now I'm all over the Wishaw angle. I desperately need the second season to come out. ETA: I love the Ruth Wilson Jane Eyre too, as gorgeous as the Mia Wasikowska one was.

  • RJ

    He was bloody amazing in "Richard II" a few weeks, too.

  • I have to concur about Jane Levy, if only because she always made me a little uncomfortable in Suburgatory. No further comment.

  • Brdkelli

    Kit harrington has to be the next Orlando bloom, right? Twee name, expert pouter, looks god in period dress. Seems like an overall nice guy who gets good roles, but his range is questionable?

  • F'mal DeHyde

    That's an excellent comparison although I think Kit Harrington is much better looking. I'm not sure Bloom would have been as popular if he hadn't worn that blond wig in LOTR.

  • Archie Leach

    So we'll a lot of him for about 3 years and then he'll disappear cause we find out he's a crummy actor?

  • Bert_McGurt

    10:1 odds Sean Bean dies in Silent Hill.

  • KatSings

    Isn't his character alive through a bunch of the games? This isn't a spoiler, because I genuinely have never spent a moment on them - I watched the movie on Halloween and will never touch anything to do with that brand again. I'm just sayin - this may be one of the few cases where Sean escapes his own death clause.

  • BWeaves

    I'll see that bet and raise you 10.

  • Ley

    Standard was also in that Robin Hood movie with Russell Crowe. Oh...why do I know this?

  • BarbadoSlim

    I don't think The RZA would appreciate being used as the token black guy. As for as the others on the list I couldn't tell them apart without a DNA screening, all white people look alike to me.

  • Nicholas

    Yeah,I don't know if this is lazy writing or Hollywood reality. At the least, the lil girl from Beast of a Southern Wild should have been included...

  • David Sorenson

    I like this comment, if for no other reason than it is the closest I'll come to being told that I look like Cary Grant.

  • Also, is that Die Hard 5 title for real?

  • space_oddity

    Unfortunately, it is.

  • Uriah_Creep

    Well, you know what Worf used to say: "It is a good day to die hard."

  • Ben Whishaw broke my heart into tiny pieces in Bright Star (historical accuracy be damned). He should be in all the things.

  • So Jai Courtney is in the Reacher movie. Not playing Jack Reacher. A character in the books as described as a tall blond man. Instead they hired the shortest actor alive. Makes no sense to me.

  • F'mal DeHyde


  • L.O.V.E.

    I'm buying all the stock on Levy that I can get my hands on.

  • Siege

    I hope James Badge Dale makes it. I couldn't watch Rubicon, as I found it mind-numbing, but he was SO GOOD in The Pacific.

  • andrewsipe

    My money's on this red head: Rose Leslie (of Downton Abbey and The Game of Thrones) who seems to be on track for feature films, any day now.

  • Judge Holdenmynuts

    Ms Findley could use some sun, methinks .

  • Matty

    Yay white people! We win again!

  • Jeremy Carrier

    Not so fast, there is a token black guy thrown in! We finally got a piece of that pie.

    George Jefferson is smiling down on us

  • What?

    According to the Dave Chapelle Show, the entire Wu Tang Clan was drafted by the Asians.

  • L.O.V.E.

    In this case, I think its Ol' Dirty Bastard. AKA, ODB, Big Baby Jesus, Dirt McGirt, the Dirt Dog, Osirus the Lyrical Virus...

  • MichaelAndTheArgonauts

    While listening to prog and doing LSD in the sky...with diamonds.

  • Guest

    The world can definitely do with more Wishaw and Harington. So says the world.

  • anon

    I know Jane Levy and James Badge Dale (from 24). Neither is the next Carey Mulligan, Emma Stone or Ryan Gosling. I don't know about the others.

  • Snath

    Jane Levy is one of those actresses that makes me feel bad for thinking she's attractive, since she's playing a teenager on TV.

  • muertemaria

    This list just makes me miss Chicago Code. That show was well done.

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