Rising stars of 2012
2011’s been a great year for movies, but it’s been an even better year for stars like Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender and Henry Cavill who’ve made their mark with film fans over the past 12 months.
But as the year creaks towards its inevitable conclusion, 2011’s breakout stars are set to graduate into fully fledged familiar faces in their own right, so who will fill their shoes? Daniel Bettridge peers into our cinematic crystal ball to pick next year’s top talent, the rising stars of 2012 who we think are set to burn brightly…
At 30 years young, Tom Hiddleston has waited patiently for his shot at stardom. After a string of appearances on stage and the small screen, 2011 saw the English actor scoop his breakout role as Marvel’s resident mischief maker, Loki, in ‘Thor’; a character he’ll reprise in ‘The Avengers’ come May. Since then he’s gone on to feature in ‘Midnight In Paris’ and ‘The Deep Blue Sea’; but it’s his role in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming epic ‘War Horse’ that could see him do even better in 2012.
[ See also: Guess the 2011 film by what the critics said]Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence is no stranger to critical acclaim. At just 21 she’s already been nominated for an Oscar for her work on ‘Winter’s Bone’ and has since cemented her place as a rising star with appearances in ‘The Beaver’ and ‘X-Men: First Class’. However in 2012 she’ll try her hand at fronting a franchise with a star turn in ‘The Hunger Games’, which many people have tipped as the next ‘Twilight’. No pressure there then.
2012 could be a great year for homegrown talent with Felicity Jones just one of a number of Brits who are set to take the box office by storm. There’s already a real buzz about the Brummie-born star’s role in ‘Like Crazy’, and if her Special Jury Prize from this year’s Sundance Film Festival is anything to go by, there could be a lot more recognition to come.
You may recognise this versatile star from her bit part appearances as Jessica Stanley in ‘The Twilight Saga’, but in recent years she’s also put in some superb supporting turns in films such as ‘Up In The Air’ and ‘50/50’. However, with a hand in five films slated for release over the next year, perhaps 2012 will see this impossibly talented actress make the leap to leading lady as the world begins to cotton on to her undoubted talents.