Shooting For Stardom: 15 Up-And-Coming Actors To Watch In 2013

Since the Mayan prophecy of doomsday has been put off indefinitely, we have another year of movies to look forward to. From big budget blockbusters to indie sleepers, here are 15 up-and-comers whose next starring roles may just attain them Hollywood stardom in 2013.

Rebel Wilson

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2013 could very well be the year of Rebel Wilson. The Australian comedian garnered a lot of steam this year with scene stealing roles in Pitch Perfect, Bachelorette, and What To Expect When You’re Expecting. Next year she’ll continue pursuing laughs in the indie film Struck By Lightning. Later she'll be co-starring in  Michael Bay’s Pain & Gain, a blackly comic crime drama starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Mark Wahlberg. Oh, did we mention she’ll be hosting the MTV Movie Awards? Wilson's ascending stardom seems like more or less a sure thing.

Chris Colfer

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While Chris Colfer has long been a driving force behind the continued success of Glee, the actor will soon be making his feature film debut. Struck By Lightning sees Colfer juggle the roles of writer, producer, and lead actor. With a nicely chosen January release spot, the coming-of-age film could prove to be nothing less than an indie sensation. To get an early glimpse of the film for yourself, check out the film on pre-theatrical VOD now. It features the aforementioned Rebel Wilson along with Christina Hendricks, Dermot Mulroney, and Angela Kinsey.

Dane DeHaan

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Dane DeHaan’s breakout role in last year's Chronicle turned a lot of heads, but his upcoming slate of parts may make him a legitimate Hollywood star. The actor will be appearing in the high-profile werewolf horror flick Jack and Diane, the West Memphis Three docudrama The Devil’s Knot, the Ryan Gosling crime film The Place Beyond The Pines, and the Daniel Radcliffe beat poetry bio-flick Kill Your Darlings. Even if stardom doesn’t happen in 2013, the actor will be filling the role of Harry Osborn in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 the following year. If he plays his cards right, DeHaan’s rise in Hollywood should be a sure thing.

Josh Gad

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Josh Gad has already made waves as the co-star of the Broadway smash The Book of Mormon. He’s also currently enjoying success as the co-star and co-creator of the sitcom 1600 Penn, which premiered earlier this month and will continue into 2013. However, the writer-actor-comedian is not content just with the small screen—he’ll be playing Steve Wozniak in the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, Jobs, and will be appearing alongside Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn and Will Ferrell in the big budget comedy The Internship.

Eddie Redmayne

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Les Miserables is set to open Christmas Day and Eddie Redmayne’s performance as Marius is already gaining strong buzz. With a starring role in the Wachowski’s upcoming sci-fi epic Jupiter Ascending alongside Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum, Redmayne could be poised for A-list status next year.

Alice Englert

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New Zealand-born actress Alice Englert has come seemingly out of nowhere to snag a supporting role in the film adaptation of the bestselling young adult novel Beautiful Creatures. The actress, who is the daughter of Academy Award winning filmmaker Jane Campion, also has roles in the sci-fi drama Singularity (alongside Josh Hartnett) and the UK thriller In Fear coming in 2013.

Quvenzhane Wallis

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Beasts of the Southern Wild has emerged as one of the most talked films of the year, thanks in part to child actress Quvenzhane Wallis’ touching lead performance. The actress already has Oscar-buzz surrounding her for the film and has garnered a supporting role in the third collaboration between Steve McQueen and Michael Fassbender, Twelve Years A Slave.  Wallis co-stars in said ensemble with Brad Pitt, Paul Giamatti, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Chiwetel Ejiofor. It will be released sometime next year.

Gabriella Wilde

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UK actress Gabriella Wilde hitched herself to the wrong cinematic franchise in 2011 with the bomb that was The Three Musketeers. That’s fine—she’s since garnered a supporting role in Kimberly Peirce’s 2013 adaptation of Stephen King’s Carrie. Wilde will be playing Sue Snell, the sympathetic if ultimately powerless friend to the titular telekinetic character (played by Chloe Grace Moretz). On the indie side of things, the actress is headlining Squatters in 2013, where she’ll play a young homeless woman who is discovered living in a wealthy couple’s home during their vacation.

Dave Franco

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He may be the younger brother of star James Franco, but Dave Franco is making a run at his own Hollywood stardom in 2013. Following his successful supporting role in 21 Jump Street, Franco will next be co-starring in the high-concept magician heist thriller Now You See Me, alongside Jesse Eisenberg and Mark Ruffalo. He’s also starring alongside the next actor on this list in the zombie comedy Warm Bodies.

Nicholas Hoult

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As a child actor, Nicholas Hoult made a big splash co-starring with Hugh Grant in About A Boy. In recent years, as an adult, Hoult has been racking up supporting roles in films like X-Men: First Class and Clash of the Titans. In 2013, Hoult will be starring as a love-stricken zombie in Warm Bodies (alongside Dave Franco) and will also be the title character in Bryan Singer’s fantasy film Jack the Giant Slayer. As if that wasn’t enough, the actor will also be supporting Tom Hardy in the revived sequel Mad Max: Fury Road.

Henry Cavill

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British actor Henry Cavill has long been seen as the man who almost got the role of James Bond (he lost to Daniel Craig in the final round of audition). He had a breakout role in the HBO series The Tudors and also starred in the less-than-successful Hollywood action films The Cold Light of Day and The Immortals. Finally, Cavill has secured a star for himself in Hollywood. Next year he will be starring in Man of Steel as the iconic character of Superman. The franchise reboot, which has been overseen by Christopher Nolan, will likely do for Cavill’s career what the role of Batman did for Christian Bale in 2005.

Zoe Kazan

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Zoe Kazan, the writer and star of the 2012 indie darling Ruby Sparks, has parlayed this year success into a series of high-profile starring roles in 2013. Next year Kazan will star in such films as In Your Eyes (a sci-fi film scripted by The Avengers writer/director Joss Whedon), Some Girl(s) (written by Neil LaBute and co-starring with Kristen Bell), and The F Word (with Daniel Radcliffe).

Alex Russell

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Another Chronicle co-star, Australian actor Alex Russell will also be seen alongside Chloe Moretz and Gabriella Wilde in Carrie. The actor plays the villainous Billy Nolan in the film, a role that helped catapult John Travolta to stardom in the 1970s.

Alexandra Daddario

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It may seem a little ridiculous to imagine a slasher sequel could raise the profile of any actor, but Alexandra Daddario’s role as the heroine of Texas Chainsaw 3D appears to have more dimensions than your typical slasher role. The film’s premise sees her play a young woman who inherits a Southern mansion and the iconic killer, Leatherface, that dwells inside it. If successful, the film could do for Daddario’s career what the 2003 remake of Texas Chainsaw Massacre did for Jessica Biel. If not, Daddario will also be returning to the popular Percy Jackson franchise, reprising her role as Annabeth in Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.

Jai Courtney

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Jai Courtney is a relative unknown to most audiences. Aside from a recurring role on Spartacus: Vengeance, the actor’s biggest role to date is a bit part in the Tom Cruise vehicle Jack Reacher. That changes this February 14th, as Courtney will be starring as the son of iconic action hero John McClane in the blockbuster sequel A Good Day To Die Hard. Hand picked by Bruce Willis himself, the actor has the potential to ascend the action hero mantle and will likely experience overnight stardom as a byproduct.

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