10 Actors on the Verge of Superstardom to Watch in 2015
They may not be household names, but these actors are destined for bigger things.
You may recognize many of the names on this list, but the fact is: They aren't huge stars yet. Huge stars are people your mother knows. Actors like Brad Fitts and Amanda Bullock.
Okay, so maybe your mom doesn't even know the ultra famous, but the fact remains: It takes time before everyone knows your name. Thankfully, with the future comes change, and 2015 will be a major year for many actors on the cusp of major fame. Here are 10 lesser-known stars poised for big years:
1. Gwendoline Christie - Game of Thrones' Brienne of Tarth will return to the HBO series in 2015, but she has bigger fish to fry. Christie will appear in two of 2015's biggest films: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part II, and Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens.
2. Anders Holm - The Workaholics and Mindy Project funnyman has quickly gained the respect of his comedic peers for his fearlessness onscreen. He transitioned to movies easily this year, appearing in Top Five, Inherent Vice, and The Interview in addition to writing and appearing on Workaholics. He'll be back on the show in 2015, but he also has a couple of promising films on tap: Unexpected and The Intern.
3. Adam Driver - Driver, the breakout star of HBO's hit series Girls, has already enjoyed big screen success while working with some of the most respected names in the business (Steven Spielberg on Lincoln, Joel and Ethan Coen on Inside Llewyn Davis), but he's only going to get bigger. In 2015, Driver will continue his streak of impressive collaborations, working with directors Jeff Nichols (Midnight Special), J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: Ep. VII), and Martin Scorsese (Silence).
4. Zoë Kravitz - The daughter of Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet certainly has the looks, and she's been a fine supporting actor for a number of years. But 2015 is looking huge on paper for the 26-year-old. She'll appear in the '80s punk film Viena and the Fantomes, the ghetto dramedy Dope, the thriller Vincent-N-Roxxy, opposite Emile Hirsch, and then she has two major projects: the Divergent sequel, Insurgent and Mad Max: Fury Road.
5. Teresa Palmer - Her star has steadily been on the rise for a few years now, but Palmer may be ready to get to the next level in 2015. She balanced the birth of her first child this past year with several small projects, but none will match what she has on tap. Palmer will star in the role Lori Petty made famous in next year's remake of Point Break (fun fact: her son is named Bodhi) and she'll appear in Knight of Cups, the much-anticipated new film from critically-acclaimed director Terrence Malick.
6. Jake Johnson - One of Hollywood's fastest-rising stars, Johnson has already made his mark on the Fox series New Girl, which will keep him busy next year. But you can also catch him in one of 2015's biggest movies: Jurassic World. And the actor will also reunite with his Drinking Buddies director Joe Swanberg in the couples drama Digging for Fire alongside Anna Kendrick, Brie Larson, and Sam Rockwell.
7. Emilia Clarke - Clarke, who seems destined for superstardom, is well-known as the Mother of Dragons, Daenerys Targaryen, on Game of Thrones, but she's yet to make her mark on the silver screen. Next year may change that as Clarke is now grabbing leading woman roles in major films. She'll star in the horror film Voice from the Stone in 2015, which could up her profile if audiences flock. But her major project is Terminator Genisys in which she plays an all-time heroine, Sarah Connor, a tall task she seems ready for.
8. Idris Elba - Okay, Elba's well-established at this point, but he's still not a household name in America. People know him, but he's yet to nab that one huge star-making role. Hopefully, next year it'll happen. Elba is set to appear in five major motion pictures including 2015's marquee feature: Avengers: Age of Ultron. You can also see him in Beasts of No Nation, a drama set in Africa; A Hundred Streets, a multiple narrative film set in London; The Gunman, a spy thriller starring Sean Penn; and finally, a new animated version of The Jungle Book which will find the British actor voicing the villainous tiger Shere Khan.
9. Lupita Nyong'o - Sure, she beat out Jennifer Lawrence for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar last year for her incredible work in 12 Years a Slave, but Nyong'o is still largely an unknown outside the industry. Thankfully, she'll appear in two of next year's biggest productions: Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens and The Jungle Book, alongside Elba. Those flicks should up her profile a bit.
10. Judy Greer - Greer has been one of Hollywood's best supporting actresses for a long time—since she stole the show in the cult hit Jawbreaker. But she's managed to keep a low profile ever since. Well, you won't be able to miss her in 2015. Greer will continue her role on the hit show Archer, but she's also set to appear in seven movies: four small ones (Grandma, Geezer, Fresno, The Good Dinosaur) and three very big ones (Tomorrowland, Jurassic World, Ant-Man).