THR have unveiled their Next Gen Rising Stars of 2013 and like last year, it skews a bit towards the small screen side of things. There are also fewer inclusions this year, only five total, but they certainly managed to hit a few on the head.
Lupita Nyong’o is a worthy inclusion here, as no one has quite come out of nowhere to land critical acclaim and national attention as she has for her role as cotton picking slave Patsey in Steve McQueen’s unflinching masterpiece “12 Years a Slave.” She is already landing awards for the role, and is expected to be a shoe-in for a Best Supporting Actress nomination at the Oscars – maybe even a win.
We’ve watched James Wolk in various roles on TV for a few years now (RIP “Lone Star” and “Political Animals”), and he’s on our radar this year too. Now it looks like he may finally have a hit on his hands with CBS’ new sitcom “The Crazy Ones” opposite Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar.
Taylor Schilling didn’t become a breakout star in Nicholas Sparks adaptation “The Lucky One” opposite Zac Efron, but has found exactly that kind of success on Netflix series “Orange is the New Black.” The show, on which she plays the lead role of Piper, quickly became a water-cooler moment for pop culture, and is now heading into its second season.
One of the most promising young actors on film, Miles Teller is also one of our Faces to Watch in 2013 and has delivered in a big way with his breakout turn in Sundance winner “The Spectacular Now.” Now, with a big villain role in potential franchise launcher “Divergent” on the horizon and maybe even “Fantastic Four” in his crosshairs, Hollywood is certainly starting to take notice too.
Bella Thorne is one of those former Disney kids hoping to make the transition over to more adult work, but the “Shake It Up!” star have a stopover at family-friendly fare on the big screen in the meantime, in Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.” But after that, it’s darker films for Thorne, with thrillers “Big Sky” and “Home Invasion” in the pipeline.