WEIRDLAND: Hollywood hottest under-25 stars

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Hollywood hottest under-25 stars

Megan Fox, Age: 23
Years on List: 2007, 2008, 2009

What She’s Done: Fox made another summer a lot hotter, with ‘Transformers 2,’ the year’s biggest box office earner thus far. And she continues to be the world’s best interview — just when you think she’s said the craziest thing ever, she tops herself.

What’s Next: ‘Jennifer’s Body’ (the comedy horror penned by ‘Juno’ scribe Diablo Cody) is just around the corner; and she’ll play a hooker in 2010’s ‘Jonah Hex’ and a water-breathing superhero in the in-development ‘Fathom.’
I’m not even old but this list makes me feel old, thoughts?
Mia Wasikowska, Age: 19
Years on List: 2009

What She’s Done: Hailing from the land Down Under, she had a breakthrough role in the HBO series ‘In Treatment.’

What’s Next: This fall she’ll play rival pilot to Hilary Swank’s ‘Amelia’ (Earhart). Then it’s the title, potentially star-making role in Tim Burton’s highly anticipated ‘Alice in Wonderland,’ alongside Johnny Depp, and as the child of a lesbian couple in the comedy ‘The Kids Are All Right.’
Robert Pattinson, Age: 23
Years on List: 2007, 2008, 2009

What He’s Done: You don’t have to be a ‘Twi’-hard to appreciate R-Pattz’s smoldering gaze in the first film adaptation of the teen-vampire love story ‘Twilight.’

What’s Next: The ‘Twilight’ saga continues; ‘New Moon’ will hit theaters later this year, and ‘Eclipse’ — already filming — is set for summer 2010. If that’s not enough Pattinson for you, also look for him in the 2010 indie romantic drama ‘Remember Me.’
Scarlett Johansson, Age: 24
Years on the List: 2007, 2008, 2009

What She’s Done: Though she’s never scored an Oscar nod, she’s earned critical kudos for her turns in ‘Lost in Translation’, ‘The Girl With the Pearl Earring’ and Woody Allen’s ‘Match Point’ and ‘Vicki Cristina Barcelona.’

What’s Next: At long last, ScarJo is going superhero: She’ll play Natasha Romanoff, otherwise known as the leather-clad villainous vixen the Black Widow, in next summer’s eagerly anticipated ‘Iron Man 2.’ Also, she’ll continue to make you wish you were Ryan Reynolds.
Gemma Arterton, Age: 23
Years on Lists: 2008, 2009

What She’s Done: She reportedly beat out 1,499 other candidates to score the role of ill-fated 007 temptress Strawberry Fields in ‘Quantum of Solace’.
What’s Next: Two mega-roles: She’ll get lo — that’s her character’s name — opposite Sam Worthington in March 2010’s ‘Clash of the Titans,’ and play princess to Jake Gyllenhaal’s ‘Prince of Persia’ two months later. Also, yet another ‘Wuthering Heights’.Vanessa Hudgens, Age: 20
Years on List: 2009

What She’s Done: You might know her from a little franchise called ‘High School Musical,’ but Hudgens is now taking non-Disney gigs, like summer’s surprisingly well-reviewed (but still musical) ‘Bandslam.’

What’s Next: ‘Beastly,’ a modern-day live-action retelling of ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ coming in 2010; and ‘Sucker Punch,’ Zack Snyder’s latest surreal offering, slated for 2011.
Dakota Fanning, Age: 15
Years on List: 2008, 2009

What She’s Done: This year Hollywood’s youngest veteran actress starred in the thriller ‘Push’ and voiced the lead in the animated hit ‘Coraline,’ seamlessly transitioning from child star to adept teen actress.

What’s Next: She’ll spice up ‘Twilight’’s second installment ‘New Moon’ (as an evil Volturi vamp who has it in for K-Stew’s Bella), then appear in 2010’s coming-of-age music biopic ‘The Runaways’.
Shia LaBeouf, Age: 23
Years on List: 2007, 2008, 2009

What He’s Done: From the ‘Transformers’ franchise to meatier flicks like ‘A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints’, LaBeouf has proven that his range extends well past ‘Even Stevens.’

What’s Next: Currently in the cast of thousands in ‘New York, I Love You,’ LaBeouf is now shooting the ‘Wall Street’ sequel, with the adaptation of John Grisham novel ‘The Associate’ after that.
Saoirse Ronan, Age: 15
Years on List: 2008, 2009

What She’s Done: Stole the screen from none other than Keira Knightley in the acclaimed 2007 drama ‘Atonement,’ earning several awards nominations (including Best Supporting Actress Oscar) for her troubles.

What’s Next: She’ll anchor Peter Jackson’s much-anticipated ‘The Lovely Bones,’ as murdered girl Susie Salman, and hold her own against such acting heavyweights as Colin Farrell and Ed Harris in Peter Weir’s upcoming ‘The Way Back’.
Kristen Stewart, Age: 19
Years on List: 2007, 2008

What She’s Done: She’d already garnered acclaim as a child actor (’Panic Room’) and an extraordinarily mature teen actor (’Into the Wild’) before being cast in the career-changing role of the headstrong, lovestruck Bella Swan in ‘Twilight’ and its future sequels.

What’s Next: She’ll play Joan Jett in the biopic ‘The Runaways’ and hopes to be able to do her own singing in the movie. And then, of course, there are enough ‘Twilight’ sequels to keep her going until she’s almost too old for this list.
Ellen Page, Age: 22
Years on the List: 2007, 2008, 2009

What She’s Done: She’s best known for playing superhero Kitty Pride in ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ and a super-pregnant teen in ‘Juno,’ for which she scored an Oscar nod.

What’s Next: She plays a badass roller-derby chick in Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut ‘Whip It!’ (out this fall), headlines the split-personality thriller ‘Peacock’ and plays Leonardo DiCaprio’s sidekick in Christopher Nolan’s mind-bending 2010 thriller ‘Inception’.
Michael Cera, Age: 21
Years on the List: 2007, 2008, 2009

What He’s Done: After breaking out on TV’s ‘Arrested Development,’ Cera scored box office success in 2007 with ‘Superbad’ and the Oscar-nominated ‘Juno.’

What’s Next: He’ll play two roles (an affable teen and his bad-boy French alter ego) in this fall’s indie comedy ‘Youth in Revolt,’ battle his dream girls’ five evil ex-boyfriends in ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. the World’ and (fingers crossed) return to his roots for an ‘Arrested Development’ feature film.
Keira Knightley, Age: 24
Years on the List: 2007, 2008, 2009

What She’s Done: She played the sexiest swashbuckler ever in the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ franchise, scored an Oscar nod for 2005’s ‘Pride & Prejudice’ and bathed with Sienna Miller (platonically, of course) in this year’s ‘The Edge of Love’.

What’s Next: Though she won’t be returning for ‘Pirates 4,’ she has a quartet of films due in 2010 — including ‘London Boulevard’ (opposite Colin Farrell), and ‘Never Let Me Go,’ based on Kazu Ishiguro’s acclaimed novel.
Dev Patel, Age: 19
Years on List: 2009

What He’s Done: The Indian-English actor was best known for the TV series ‘Skins’ — in Britain, only — until hitting the jackpot when the lead role in ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ made him world famous.

What’s Next: He teams with Hollywood’s most famous Indian-American, M. Night Shyamalan, for next summer’s action-adventure ‘The Last Airbender’ (based on the animated series ‘Avatar’).
Emile Hirsch, Age: 24
Years on List: 2007, 2009

What He’s Done: He’s come a long way since ‘The Girl Next Door,’ blowing us away in ‘Into the Wild’ and ‘Milk’ — and really, the failure of ‘Speed Racer’ wasn’t his fault.

What’s Next: How do you know when you’ve really made it as an actor? When you’ve played Hamlet, which Hirsch will do in 2010 under the tutelage of ‘Twilight’ director Catherine Hardwicke (the two are already old friends, from their ‘Lords of Dogtown’ days).
Taylor Lautner, Age: 17
Years on List: 2009

What He’s Done: The family flicks ‘Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl’ and ‘Cheaper by the Dozen 2′ put him in position to land the iconic role of Jacob Back (you know, star of Team Jacob) in ‘Twilight.’

What’s Next: Lautner had to fight a public battle to keep the role of werewolf Jacob for November’s sequel ‘New Moon,’ putting on 30 pounds in the process. Fan reactions to his shirtless publicity stills say the studio made the right call. In between ‘Twilight’s, he’ll appear in 2010’s star-studded rom-com ‘Valentine’s Day.’
Emma Watson, Age: 19
Years on List: 2007, 2008, 2009

What She’s Done: She’s embodied our favorite girl wizard, Hermione Granger, in the beloved — and wildly successful — ‘Harry Potter’ movies.

What’s Next: The clever Brit has enrolled in Brown University, but with two ‘Potter’ films still to come, we doubt that Watson will be disappearing from our radar anytime soon.

Amanda Seyfried, Age: 23
Years on List: 2008, 2009

What She’s Done: The TV-turned-movie star appeared in small films like ‘Alpha Dog’ and ‘Nine Lives’ before breaking out in sing-a-long fashion opposite Meryl Streep in ‘Mamma Mia!’

What’s Next: This month she’s good girl to Megan Fox’s evil bloodsucker in the horror flick ‘Jennifer’s Body.’ Then she has the Atom Egoyan-helmed ‘Chloe,’ plus 2010’s ‘Dear John’ (based on a novel by Nicholas Sparks), a film version of beloved comic-strip ‘Marmaduke’ and ‘Letters to Juliet’ opposite Gael García Bernal.
Carey Mulligan, Age: 24
Years on List: 2009

What She’s Done: Writing a letter to the producers won her the role of Kitty Bennett in the 2005 Keira Knightley starrer ‘Pride & Prejudice,’ and she appeared briefly in summer’s ‘Public Enemies’.

What’s Next: She’s getting immaculate grades for her role in the coming-of-age Sundance darling ‘An Education,’ with some pundits even whispering Oscar. She’ll also be seen in December’s ‘Brothers’ and next year stars in ‘Wall Street 2′ with Shia LaBeouf, whom she’s rumored to now be dating.
Zac Efron, Age: 21
Years on Lists: 2007, 2008, 2009

What He’s Done: He of the perfect hair sang and danced his way to superstardom in ‘High School Musical’ (with ‘HSM’ 3′ even hitting the big screen) before branching out in the ‘Big’-like hit ‘17 Again.’

What’s Next: Will prove he’s got dramatic chops in November’s ‘Me and Orson Welles’ (directed by Richard Linklater); then takes two title roles, in the drama ‘The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud,’ and the video-game adaptation ‘Johnny Quest’.


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