Feature: Rising Stars of 2012/2013

Last year we featured a list of some of the rising stars of 2011 – people seemed to like it, so we’ve racked our brains once again, in attempt to pick out of some of those future megastars of cinema. Of course, we cannot always be right – just look at last years list.

Xavier Samuel
A Few Best Men, Anonymous, The Loved Ones, Twilight: Eclipse

Australian actor, Xavier Samuel has quietly been busying himself away with a mix of roles in Hollywood and Australian cinema with recent lead roles in A Few Best Men and Twilight: Eclipse. The actor has landed a starring role in upcoming shark thriller, Bait, as well as Catherine Hardwicke’s Plush. 
Rebel Wilson
A Few Best Men, Bridesmaids, Bachelorette, What To Expect When You’re Expecting 

What do the above films have in common? They all starred Australian actress, Rebel Wilson, and she was hilarious. Wilson is fast making a name for herself as one of the hottest working comic actresses, moving from bit parts to decent supporting roles. She will soon be seen in upcoming choir comedy, Pitch Perfect and Michael Bay’s Pain & Gain.

Andrea Riseborough
W.E., Shadow Dancer, Brighton Rock

British actress, Andrea Riseborough has established herself as one of the most impressive young actresses to come from country in recent years. Leading turns in the likes of W.E. and more recently Shadow Dancer, have shown her vast range and credibility as an actress. Riseborough has landed a role in upcoming Tom Cruise sci-fi feature, Oblivion, so we have a feeling we will be seeing a lot more of her in years to come.

Taylor Kitsch

John Carter, Savages, Battleship, The Bang Bang Club

Despite starring in misfires like John Carter and Battleship, Taylor Kitsch showed a sense of credibility as a leading man. Upcoming roles in Savages and Canadian comedy, The Grand Seduction are likely to further display his talents.

Juno Temple
The Dark Knight Rises, Killer Joe, Jack & Diane

British actress, Juno Temple seems to be in everything of late, from bit parts in the likes of The Dark Knight Rises to larger turns in William Friedkin’s Killer Joe and Jack & Diane. Temple has around eight films in production at the moment, (working nearly as hard as Michael Madsen) including a Linda Lovelace biopic and Disney’s Maleficent.

Chris Pratt
Parks & Recreation, The Five Year Engagement, Moneyball

Chris Pratt shines in Parks and Recreation as the lovable yet dim, Andy – the television stars comedy skills have been noticed by Hollywood of late, leading to supporting turns in comedies like The Five Year Engagement and What’s Your Number? However, Pratt features in Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty, likely showing us his serious side.

Alison Brie
Community, The Five Year Engagement, Mad Men, Scream 4

Like Chris Pratt, her on-screen husband in The Five Year Engagement, Alison Brie shines in an NBC sitcom – not Parks and Recreation, but the equally funny Community. Brie is making her name as the indie comedy go-to girl and we’re not surprised after hearing her hilarious Elmo impression in The Five Year Engagement. 

James Deen
The Canyons

James Deen has appeared in over 900 adult productions and is scheduled to make his serious acting debut in Paul Schrader & Bret Easton Ellis’ The Canyons, alongside Silver Screen Slags favourite, Lindsay Lohan. From what we’ve seen from James Deen, if his straight acting career doesn’t work out, he seems very good at his day job.

Julianne Hough
Burlesque, Footloose, Rock Of Ages

Julianne Hough shined in past musicals, Footloose and Rock Of Ages displaying a solid voice and a strong acting ability. She is soon to feature in Nicholas Sparks romance, Safe Haven alongside Josh Duhamel and Diablo Cody’s untitled upcoming feature.

Dave Franco
21 Jump Street, Fright Night

James’ younger brother, Dave Franco, proved to be equally as talented as his brother after recent scene stealing supporting turns in 21 Jump Street and Fright Night. Franco got the chance to show of his comic chops in 21 Jump Street as eco-warrior bad guy, Eric Molson, and will soon be starring alongside Michael Caine in upcoming thriller, Now You See Me.

Kellan Lutz
Immortals, Twilight, Arena

We are really not sure in which direction, Kellan Lutz’s post-Twilight career will go. He’s already made forays into the direct to DVD world with action-thriller Arena, as well as cinematic appearances in Immortals and A Nightmare On Elm Street. Lutz is set to prove he is more than just a pretty face in the upcoming Java Heat (alongside his Immortal, co-star, Mickey Rourke) and the lead role in a live-action version of Tarzan.

Katharine McPhee
SMASH, Shark Night 3D, The House Bunny

We have been completely obsessed with musical drama SMASH since it launched on UK TV earlier this year. McPhee, the former American Idol contestant, completely radiates as Karen Cartwright, whilst also showing of some stunning vocals. She may have lost American Idol, but it is clear that she has a huge future ahead of her.

Colton Hayes
Teen Wolf

The handsome Colton Hayes has already built up a sizeable fan base after a role in horror-drama, Teen Wolf. Despite not having any upcoming features announced as of yet, we are sure there is plenty on the horizon for the young actor.

Briana Evigan
Step Up 2: The Streets, Sorority Row, Burning Bright, The Devil’s Carnival, Stash House

Evigan has been working solidly in recent years with starring roles in several genre features like Sorority Row and Burning Bright. The likeable young actress will soon be seen in thriller, Mine Games – about a group of teens trapped down a mine – nasty!

Liam Hemsworth
The Last Song, The Hunger Games and The Expendables 2

Like his older brother, Chris, Australian actor Liam Hemsworth has been making a name for himself in Hollywood with breakthrough roles in The Last Song, The Hunger Games and The Expendables 2. He has recently snatched up leading roles in thrillers, Paranoia and Empire State.