This past year saw a number of talented people inch ever closer to movie stardom, but only a few have managed to put themselves into a position where they can break out to big-time success. These 10 actors could be this year's Ryan Goslings or they could be Ryan Reynolds.
This past year saw a number of talented people inch ever closer to movie stardom, but only a few have managed to put themselves into a position where they can break out to big-time success. These 10 actors could be this year's Ryan Goslings or they could be Ryan Reynolds.","id":"2038034
<b>Jeremy Renner</b>: He and Gemma Arterton will lead the charge in "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters," before he goes on to join Captain America, Iron Man and Thor in the superhero collective "<a href="/video/#!/blogs/popcornbiz/trailers/The-Avengers-Trailer/131518573"target="_blank">The Avengers</a>," and then he'll take over arguably the most influential action franchise since 007, in "The Bourne Legacy." No pressure, bro.
<b>Jennifer Lawrence</b>: She's been doing great work in small films for a while now, but this year she moves front-and-center in the most hotly anticipated franchise launch of the year, as Katniss in "<a href="/video/#!/blogs/popcornbiz/trailers/The-Hunger-Games/133976458"target="_blank">The Hunger Games</a>." Later in the year, she'll star with Bradley Cooper in "The Silver Lining Playbook," as his confidant and fellow mental patient.
<b>Tom Hardy</b>: As great as he was in "Tinker, Tailor..." and "Warrior," nobody went to see them, so now he returns with the action-romcom "<a href="/video/#!/blogs/popcornbiz/trailers/This-Means-War/131854268"target="_blank">This Means War</a>," co-starring Chris Pine and Reese Witherspoon; the Depression Era bootlegging drama "The Wettest County," with Shia LaBeouf and Gary Oldman; and, of course, he's playing the villain Bane in "<a href="tk"target="_blank">The Dark Knight Rises<a/>."
<b>Emily Blunt</b>: After a great turn as Meryl Streep's assistant in "The Devil Wears Prada," her career has been a series of fits and starts, but now she'll be starring as Jason Segel's fiancée in "<a href="/video/#!/blogs/popcornbiz/trailers/Five-Year-Engagement/135201533"target="_blank">Five-Year Engagement</a>," and opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the time-travel thriller "Looper," before starring alongside Colin Firth in "Arthur Newman, Golf Pro," about a man who fakes his death and starts his life over.
<b>Taylor Kitsch</b>: The "FNL" hunk will try to make the leap with a pair of blockbusters, the Martian epic "<a href="/video/#!/blogs/popcornbiz/trailers/John-Carter/125566588"target="_blank">John Carter</a>," and the alien-invasion boardgame adaptation "<a href="/video/#!/blogs/popcornbiz/trailers/Battleship-Trailer/135334493"target="_blank">Battleship</a>." Then he'll finish the year opposite Aaron Johnson and Blake Lively in Oliver Stone's "Savages," about a pair of pot growers who must rescue their girlfriend from a Mexican drug lord.
<b>Lily Collins</b>: She caught everyone's attention with her role as Sandra Bullock's daughter in "The Blind Side," had to pay her dues this past year with thankless roles in "Priest" and "Abduction," but now takes the spotlight in "<a href="/video/#!/blogs/popcornbiz/trailers/Mirror,-Mirror-Trailer/133952718"target="_blank">Mirror, Mirror</a>," a tongue-in-cheek screwball romcom take on "Snow White," co-starring Armie Hammer and Julia Roberts.
<b>Joseph Gordon-Levitt</b>: He doesn’t belong on this list, if only because one gets the sense he genuinely doesn't care about being a star—the guy just likes to make movies that interest him. He's a got a small part in Chris Nolan's "<a href="/video/#!/blogs/popcornbiz/trailers/The-Dark-Knight-Rises-Trailer-2/135871763"target="_blank">Dark Knight Rises</a>," Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," and Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," as well as the lead in the bike-messenger thriller "Premium Rush" and then "Looper."
<b>Andrew Garfield</b>: On the strength of two great 2010 performances—in "The Social Network" and "Never Let Me Go"—he was given the title role in the superhero reboot "<a href="/blogs/popcornbiz/The-Amazing-Spider-Man-Teaser-Pop-Will-Eat-Itself-125901303.html"target="_blank">The Amazing Spider-Man</a>." By the time it comes out, it will have been 21 months since Garfield last released a film, so, yeah, this guy has put all his chips on this role.
<b>Olivia Wilde</b>: 2011 was supposed to be the year she became a "movie star," but that quest was crippled by duds like "Cowboys & Aliens" and "The Change-Up." She's incredibly sexy, she's reasonably talented, and now she's getting a second chance with five more films in 2012, most notably Ron Howard's Formula 1 drama, "Rush."
<b>Nicholas Hoult</b>: Director Bryan Singer ("X-Men") gave him the title role in "<a href="/video/#!/blogs/popcornbiz/Jack-the-Giant-Killer-Trailers-Got-Magic-Beans,-_-Flaming-Flying-Trees/136257618"target="_blank">Jack the Giant Killer</a>" (doesn’t the title kinda give away the ending?), based on the classic fairy tale, and Jonathan Levine, fresh off the fantastic/overlooked "50/50," has him playing a zombie in love with a human.