TV actor to film actor. That’s a tricky leap to make. Just because a telegenic, reasonably talented actor has success on television, it doesn’t mean That Thing will translate to feature film. Hollywood Blvd. is littered with the corpses of TV actor careers that almost were. Your Sarah Michelle Gellars, Jenna Elfmans, David Carusos, Adam Brodys, David Duchovnys, etc. There are some actors who will always reek of TV. Evangeline Lilly and Cobie Smolders? I’m sorry, I can’t take you seriously in those big budget films. Then again, there are The Others. The Ones That Got Out. Your George Clooneys, Olivia Wildes, Mila Kunises and Jon Hamms. Here are nine TV actors who are on the edge of making that switch and the 2013 films that might just push them over the edge. Fingers crossed they turn into Hamms, not Fillions.
Jake Johnson-Drinking Buddies: In case you missed “New Girl” actor Jake Johnson in last year’s Safety Not Guaranteed, let me assure you, he’s got much more than Angry Turtle Nick in him. He’s got two movies this year, an off-beat indie comedy with Zoe Kazan called The Pretty One and a more mainstream looking rom-com with Olivia Wilde called Drinking Buddies. Either way, it looks like he’ll be smooching some ladies and I think we can all agree that’s something to look forward to.
Jane Levy-Evil Dead: Levy, who is such a sharp little beauty on “Suburgatory,” snagged the lead in the rather unnecessary but no less intriguing Evil Dead remake. Horror ingenue is not necessarily a star-making role, but this particular film is higher-profile than most. After reading a little more about the remake, in fact (No CGI? NO CGI!!!), I’m fully on board.
Charlie Hunnam-Pacific Rim: One of the most anticipated movies of the year, this enormously ambitious project could quite possibly land with a thud. Or, fingers crossed, this is the batsh*t robots vs. monsters movie we never knew we always wanted. If so, Charlie Hunnam may very well be able to leave SAMCRO behind.
Benedict Cumberbatch-Star Trek Into Darkness: Already a movie star? Not quite. He’s still more associated with “Sherlock” than he is with Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy or War Horse. But somewhere between The Hobbit, Star Trek, August Osage County and Twelve Years A Slave, I have no doubt Cumberbatch will fully cross over in 2013. The dude bros in your life will be mispronouncing his name in no time.
Henry Cavill-Man Of Steel: Cavill is best-known for his role in that historical fleshfest “The Tudors.” Of course, he’ll be donning the blue and red for Zack Snyder in 2013 and, should he avoid the Superman curse, this could mean huge things for him. Perhaps even Justice League-level things. Then again, as Brandon Routh’s career trajectory has shown, Superman and fame don’t always go hand in hand.
Katee Sackhoff-Riddick: Sci-fi’s beloved Starbuck has not quite found the right project in the four years since “Battlestar Galactica” went off the air. However, if you’ve seen her in action, you know she’s got bucket loads of charisma. I don’t quite know what to expect from this Riddick film, but her uniform has got my attention.
Michael B. Jordan-Fruitvale: Yes, yes, I talk about this kid a lot. You would too. All the early buzz from Sundance indicates that Fruitvale and Jordan’s performance in particular are complete showstoppers. It might be the Park City altitude talking, but I’ve never heard so much early Academy Award talk before. No one could be more deserving than this insanely talented kid.
Jai Courtney-A Good Day To Die Hard: This “Spartacus” actor already made quite the splash in Jack Reacher, but is sure to garner much more attention as John McClane’s son in the latest Die Hard movie.
Aaron Paul-Long Way Down: Of course. I mean. Of course. Aaron Paul has landed the young male lead in this adaptation of one of Nick Hornby’s better novels. And, ignoring the American Fever Pitch, you have to admit that Nick Hornby novels make excellent films. Paul’s supporting turn in 2012’s Smashed and his role in Decoding Annie Parker could mean that this is the year he leaves Pinkman behind. With “Breaking Bad” winding down this summer, the timing couldn’t be better. Let’s hope Paul goes for quality rather than quantity. I haven’t been overjoyed with all the choices Cranston has made these past two years. For my money, Paul’s the one to watch, yo.