You might not recognize these names – yet – but you will come 2010!
Check out HollywoodLife.com’s predictions for the actors and actresses who are going to make it big in the New Year!
1. Anna Kendrick
Although she appeared in one of the biggest grossing movies of the year, Twilight Saga: New Moon, it was her role as an ambitious and uptight corporate executive in George Clooney’s 2009 drama Up In The Air that earned Anna a Golden Globe nod. The 24-year-old actress isn’t a stranger to awards, though: she’s a former Tony nominee for her role in 2003’s Broadway production of Camp .
2. Dianna Agron
As Glee’s pregnant cheerleader Quinn Fabray, Dianna Agron could easily have been pigeon-holed as another pretty blond, but her comedic-timing and pitch-perfect voice have set her apart from the pack of Hollywood wanna-bes. And as soon as The Romantics – the film the 23-year-old just finished wrapping in New York with Katie Holmes, Anna Paquin, Adam Brody and Josh Duhamel – premieres at the Sundance Film Festival in January, 2010, forget about it: this gal’s fame is going to skyrocket.
3. Logan Lerman
Logan Lerman is about to give Harry Potter a run for his money when it comes to being “The Chosen One.” The 17-year-old will star in Chris Columbus’ fantasy film Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief as a descendant of the Greek Gods. It’s not surprising that Logan scored the role, considering he’s appeared with Mel Gibson TWICE (in What Women Want and The Patriot) and Russell Crowe in 3:10 Yuma.
4. Jack Huston
Hello, hottie! Sexy Jack Huston, 27, is destined to steal some screen time from fellow Brit Robert Pattinson in Twilight Saga: Eclipse come 2010. He’s pedigreed, too! Jack – who appeared on the now-canceled ABC series Eastwick – is the nephew of famed actress Angelica Huston and grandson of late director John Huston.
5. Adrianne Palicki
Fans of the gorgeous Adrianne Palicki were sad to see her leave Friday Night Lights and Supernatural this season, but should be totally happy she’s making a move to the big screen. The leggy 26-year-old will star in not one but TWO major movies next year: the religious epic Legion and the remake of Red Dawn alongside Chris Hemsworth.
6. Jaden Smith
There was never any doubt that Will Smith’s 11-year-old, Jaden Smith, was going to be a star! Perhaps Will is ready to pass the torch to his son, who first appeared on the big screen with his dad in 2007’s Pursuit of Happyness. Get ready to see him kick butt this 2010 alongside Jackie Chan in the Karate Kid remake.
7. Mia Wasikowska
You’re going to be curiouser and curiouser about 20-year-old Mia Waksikowska after you see her step into the shoes of Alice Kingsley in Tim Burton’s big screen version of Alice in Wonderland. We’re already jealous of the actress – who appeared in HBO’s In Treatment – because she gets to star alongside Sexiest Man Alive Johnny Depp!
8. Jesse Williams
We only have one thing to say about Grey’s Anatomy’s newest resident, Jesse Williams: yum. Rihanna agrees – the 28-year-old actor appeared in her music video for Russian Roulette. Next up for the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 star: Antoine Fuqua’s long-delayed cop drama, Brooklyn’s Finest, and the thriller Cabin in the Woods.
9. Chris Hemsworth
Although all eyes were on Chris Pine in 2009 as Captain Kirk in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek revamp, it was hard to forget hunky Chris Hemsworth’s performance as Kirk’s dad, George. Expect the Australian hottie, 26 – the older brother of Miley Cyrus’ beau, Liam – to blow up in 2010 as he prepares to enter the Marvel universe as Thor, and steps into the late Patrick Swayze’s shoes in the remake of Red Dawn.
10. Joe Mangienello
Bonjour, Bon Temps! Joe Mangienello, 33, is the latest star to think vampires are bloody good fun (and bloody financially lucrative). Joe, who formerly appeared on How I Met Your Mother and One Tree Hill, will play an aide sent by Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) to help Sookie (Anna Paquin) and Bill (Stephen Moyer) in True Blood’s third season.