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Who's the Next Big Male Movie Star?

So many to choose from, but who is it really?

Can anyone catch up to this cool cat?

With Shia LaBeouf's Eagle Eye taking the top spot at the box-office this weekend it makes four-in-a-row for the actor (not counting the animated Surf's Up) and it made me wonder if the 22-year-old is our next big time actor or if it's just a case of him starring in the right film at the right time that has made his films so popular leaving the title of "The Next Big Thing" up for grabs.

Let's face it, Transformers and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull were going to make big bucks no matter what, Shia had very little, if anything, to do with their success. One could make the argument that Disturbia opened during a very weak time in 2007 and that accounts for its three week box-office domination with rather modest numbers, winning that third weekend with barely over $9 million. But how about Eagle Eye opening just shy of $30 million with a $8,319 per-theater-average. Is this a sign that Shia is the big box-office draw for years to come?

Right now the big star is undoubtedly Will Smith. The man could be starring in Fecal Burger: The Movie and open with $30 million without even thinking twice. The difference between Smith and LaBeouf, however, is that Smith has blockbuster draw and Oscar draw and he manages to attract the same kind of attention to each. Smith's Hancock was hammered by critics to the tune of a 33% RottenTomatoes rating and it ended up earning $227,946,274. The fans didn't care, they wanted their Will. That's the blockbuster draw, but he was also able to bring in over $163 million for The Pursuit of Happyness as well as a second Best Actor Oscar nomination. Now that is box-office power and he is looking to do it again this year with Seven Pounds, a film he made with Gabriele Muccino who directed him to his Happyness nomination. Look for Will to be at the tops of the box again on December 18.

So I guess with this question I am asking who is the next Will Smith? Smith, in my mind, replaced Tom Cruise who was also doing the blockbuster/Oscar thing until his Scientology exploits turned off so many. Who knows, maybe Valkyrie will bring ol' Tom back, but for right now the crown belongs to Smith and it's time to look for a successor. Below is a list of eleven actors I think may have a chance of breaking the Smith-barrier... What do you think?

Emile Hirsch (23)
Emile Hirsch came to attention in 2004 playing the clichéd teenage boy role in The Girl Next Door opposite Elisha Cuthbert and he followed that up with quiet notice in Imaginary Heroes and Lords of Dogtown, but was given another shot at toplining a flick in Nick Cassavetes's Alpha Dog, which certainly was a slightly more adult role but the film itself wasn't too good. However, his star rose quickly in 2007 when Sean Penn cast him in Into the Wild and it was on Hirsch's shoulders to carry the majority of the film in-between fantastic supporting roles by Hal Holbrook and Catherine Keener. His ability to "act" was proven. However, if you want to be a big star you need to put asses in the seats. This is where Hirsch's star drops slightly as his first major box-office bid was Speed Racer and it failed miserably. Hirsch is still young and he has a supporting role in the upcoming Oscar candy Milk and I would say his potential remains undecided, but he wouldn't be my first pick for "Next Big Thing."
Joseph Gordon-Levitt (27)
Remember this kid when he was playing Tommy on "3rd Rock from the Sun"? Well, he is slowly building himself a little filmography and is starting to gain some attention. People liked him in Brick and The Lookout. He had a small role in Spike Lee's The Miracle at St. Anna and he will next be seen in Killshot and, of course, the biggie, G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra in which he plays the Cobra Commander. He has proven he has acting chops, they aren't exactly Oscar caliber as of yet, but he is getting there and the G.I. Joe flick really could up his profile as villains are always remembered above the heroes. Will he be able to pull a Heath Ledger type performance out of his hat or is that way too much to expect?
James Franco (30)
At 30-years-old I almost didn't add Franco to the list, but in the 2008 he has transformed himself from being known for his awful role as Harry Osborn in the Spider-Man films to a funny-man and he will be joining Sean Penn as well as Emile Hirsch in Milk. Franco plays Scott Smith, Harvey Milk's lover and partner in a camera shop business. Franco is setting out to prove he can make folks laugh as well as tackle serious drama, a complete reinvention if you ask me and he is already gaining some minor Oscar buzz. 30-years-old may seem old, but George Clooney was 33 when he sky-rocketed to stardom with "ER" in 1994 so I think there is still a chance for Franco.

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  • alisonb

    I think you made a mistake not adding Robert Pattinson. I assume you thought he'd just be a teen girls dream in Twilight and that would be it but actually his other projects show what a versatile actor he really is. His role as Salvador Dali in Little Ashes I think is more typical of the actor. Also his role of Art in How To be which just won him best actor atthe Strasbourg Film Festival. He's a very talented charismatic actor and should have made the list over a few of the names on your list.

  • Wendynew

    100% sure Robert Pattinson should be on that list. I just saw the link to your list on IMDB and was surprised to see Pattinson wasnt on it. The Movie Fanatic website really sees the huge potential in Rob and its a shame the ropesofsilicon hasnt. His looks are the least important part of Rob. When you see him in Little Ashes you'll regret not adding him to the list. I dont want to have a go at the other others on your list as I'm sure they have their niche area but Michael Cera plays the same role over and over and a few others on the list have yet to show any versatility.

    • Jo Brown

      really. Robby Pue sucks cock. He didn't really do anything in the movie. FUCK YOU.
      Michael Cera has something in him, i know it. im not gonna waste my time. FUCK YOU

  • ruthie

    Big mistake in leaving off Rob Pattinson. Go look up his other work. Here's a brand new fansite on his new Dali movie Little Ashes.

    http://www.themovie-fanatic.com/la/

    Pattinson has a timeless quality to him that a lot of actors on the list dont have. He also really inhabits the role he plays - something Shia for instance will never be able to do. Time will tell who will make it big but I'm certain Rob will reach the very top.

  • Kerry

    The director Catherine Hardwicke when asked to cocmment on Rob when he was selected by AOL as one of the actors to watch out for said "He’s a powerful, sexy leading man and slips incredibly well into different periods and styles. I’d also love to see him work on Tim Burton-esque films where he has the opportunity to create completely wild, original characters that become classics.”

    He is going to surprise a lot of people. He's always tried to take a variety of roles. He's very versatile and as good at comedy as he is drama. I love him in The Bad Mother's Handbook. He does GEEK brilliantly.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTBs01q1xyo

    Also his performance in The Haunted Airman is extremely memorable.
    http://www.youtube.com/view_pl...AA884C55E4

    I think he has huge potential and I cannot wait to see him play Salvador Dali. Infact I'm more excited about seeing him in that film than I am Twilight.

  • andrea

    Pattinson should be on the list.

    So far Rob Pattinson hasnt put a foot wrong. He's taken on a variety of roles to test himself like Art in How to be and Dali in Little Ashes and I've loved all of the performances and they are all very different. Viewers are going to be very surprised by him. They expect a pretty poster boy but he's got buckets of talent and natural charisma and something that I can only call star quality. I really do think he's the one to watch. Expect to be excited, moved and turned on by his performance as Dali. His one achilles heel is that he isnt good at selling himself at pr events as he is naturally shy and unassuming. Today so many film stars are just glorified salesmen. Personally I;d rather an actor like Pattinson who is classy, subtle, sensitive but with a hint of danger to him. He radiates sex appeal.

  • Tania

    Rob Pattinson has the talent, looks and charm to make it big in the film world. He has an intensity on screen that draws you to watch him and noone else. He's a casting director's dream as he suits heroic roles as well as villains. He's a talented musician as well. He's also tall which may not seem important but so many leading actors today are tiny and its great to see a leading man that actually looks the part.

  • boltonbabe

    Some on that list have a very short shelf life.

    Pattinson is a no brainer for the list. He'll be a future top movie star for sure. Not because of his gorgeous leading man looks but his versatility and willingness to play all sorts of characters. Pattinson's a fascinating character. Unusual and edgy. I'm very drawn to his performances. He's certainly an actor I will always look out for. Not something I can say for the majority on that list. Someone who has seen his Dali role says its awesome and also suitably off the wall. He has a combination of sweetness and danger about him and reminds me of Depp.

  • emileth

    Robert Pattinson is amazing and really should have been on this list. I cannot wait to watch his career unfold. I would truly watch him in any role.

  • welshdaffodil

    Seems I have to join to make it clear Rob Pattinson should have been added to the list but so be it. Sounds boring to repeat the versatility point but it is a key point. Usually an actor with such wonderful leading man looks can only play one type of character (Harrison Ford springs to mind) but with Pattinson we are luckier than that. Besides being a talented musician he's an actor who isnt caught up in image and is as comfortable playing the nerdy roles like Art in How to be and Daniel Gale in Bad Mother's Handbook as he is the more obvious leading man roles. His role as Toby Jugg in the Haunted Airman was particularly difficult and he handled that with aplomb.

    Yes he has a lot of fan girls now but he also has a more discerning fanbase too and websites discussing the film industry shouldnt assume because he is so popular that he isnt a brilliant actor too. I was actually glad that his first acting award was for the geeky Art in How To Be.

  • wriggle

    I didnt get the feeling that the compiler of the list was convinced by some of the names on his own list and I'm definitely not convinced by them. Some are one trick ponies, others have no charisma/screen presence and one who will go nameless cant act his way out of a paper bag but I digress. I'll be predictable and say Pattinson should have been added. Before some sarky person says its just a load of twilight mums posting support I must say I cant stand the twilight mums so my support has nothing to do withTwilight. The film will undoubtedly make Pattinson's name but I regard thid film as the equivalent of Di Caprio's Titanic. Pattinson like Di Caprio is a very versatile actor. The industry today expects a lot from its top actors. Damon and Bale for instance have had to take on action roles in tandem with doing more experimental work. Pattinson has all the qualities to have a similar career. he has the versatility to move between big budget films and more niche roles. I think the director Hardwicke was right in saying he can slip incredibly well into different styles and period and this will be a huge plus for him. I agree with an earlier poster who said he reminds them of Depp.

    Pattinson's versatility is awesome - he can radiate a warmth and vulnerability in performances like Daniel Gale and also a chilling coldness as Toby Jugg. Edward Cullen needs a bit of both so I'm fascinated to see how he does with Twilight but I think his role as Salvador Dali in Little Ashes will really be his calling card to a variety of interesting roles.

  • RaTTleR_NL

    I voted for James McAvoy not because I think he will be but should be the next big thing. He's a fantastic actor.
    He might turn out a bit like Ewan McGregor (maybe it's a scottish thing), very well respected but never the big star you think he could be.

    My second choice was Joseph Gordon-Levitt, even in 3rd rock he showed enormous acting talent.

    But actual talent doesnt make you a star by default. poor or reasonable acting and great looks could do it as well when talking box-office pull.
    The name Brad Pitt pulled in the crowds with Troy while it was Eric Bana that gave the best performance. I'm not saying Pitt was bad mind you, Bana was simply far better.

  • judi

    Robert Pattinson should have been on the list.

    Twilight has helped secure a wider fanbase and will open doors for him but its his talent that will keep casting directors coming back for more.

    I think its very unwise to underestimate his talent. If I say he is a great all rounder it might be perceived that I dont think he's great at any one aspect of acting but I mean it as a huge compliment. I see Depp as a great all rounder - able to play comedy and drama with equal skill.

    He has the looks of a classic leading man but the skill of a character actor.

  • klt

    Rupert Grint is a natural talent and he has a wonderful presence on screen. He has been overshadowed by Dan Radcliffe (who is also an excellent actor) simply because of less screen time in the Harry Potter series. Still, the people he's been working with always praise his talent as well as his humble persona, and he is loved and respected among critics and fans. Many even suggest that he is the real star among the young actors in HP. I'm looking forward to his appearances in THREE movies (Cherrybomb, Wild Target and Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince) in 2009.

  • joli.kirk

    I definitely think RUPERT GRINT should be on the list. He has three new films coming out in 2009 and one of them has him starring along side BAFTA-Award winning actor Bill Nighy and the stunning Emily Blunt. In all of his upcoming movie projects, Rupert has managed to play characters that are so startlingly different to one another. In "Cherrybomb" his starring role, you'll see him embrace a character that is ruthless in the dramatic thriller. Whereas in "Wild Target" with Bill Nighy, Rupert will draw on his awesome comedic talents to bring that dark comedy to life while playing a Hitman's apprentice.

    He is extremely talented and worth supporting since he is also such an unbelievably funny and sweet guy.

    2009 will definitely RUPERT GRINT's breakout year!

  • Dara

    How excited I was this morning when I stumbled upon this poll, however to my dismay, I was awestruck to discover that Robert Pattinson was blantly missing from the list...he is the next BIG thing...his career is just starting to take off and how lucky for us that we are here to take it all in...I truly believe that he is the next big movie star because of the choices he makes, and his fans adore him for it...don't believe me, check out his small but memorable role in the Bad Mother's Handbook, or his awesomely creepy performance in the Haunted Airman, and I can't wait to see How to Be...and Twilight. The wonderful thing about watching Rob perform is that you never feel that you are watching Rob act as a character, he is the character and the audience is invited along for the ride, never to be disappointed, and always left asking for more...

  • sar_bear

    I also think it a mistake for you not adding Robert Pattinson.

    Just check out his various works and his versatility as an actor.

    Twilight is definitely going to catapult his career and good on him I say

  • mused

    I;d add Robert Pattinson to the list and chuck out a few on there.

    Someone posted this about Robert on tMF a while ago and it resonated with me:

    "As well as a ridiculous amount of talent he is amazingly sexy. Infact I cant think of an actor working today who radiates such sex appeal. Not even the big names like Depp/Di Caprio/Bale. He reminds me of the old sexy Hollywood movie stars. Brando/James Dean. "

    I think Rob exudes a hot sex appeal but its combined with a vulnerability and sensitivity which is completely beguiling. Someone said he was timeless and thats so true. I'd definately say he has the sexual magnetism of an icon like Brando or Dean. But without the tragic flaws!

  • skippyc

    I dont get why Robert Pattinson was added when I see some of the names on the list.

    One thing that strikes me about Rob is his fanbase. I think people in the industry are expecting the majority to be rather excitable school girls who are not that discerning. But actually after frequenting lots of sites/forums what comes across is a very knowledgeable large core of fans who know their film and know what makes a top actor. Yes of course they are attracted to Rob but there is an underlying respect for his talent.(I think the press are a bit behind in that aspect). The sites dont spend a lot of time talking about looks etc but his acting ability and future roles. There's a hunger for information on projects with fans even reading up a lot about Dali for Little Ashes. That I think shows me that Rob has a very healthy fanbase, one that will stick with him through his career. They arent fairweather fans. He's even got me tapping away on my keyboard in support and thats not my style.

    I would re emphasis that his versatility and charisma is very important. He's also quite a character in real life and we need those exciting unpredictable individuals as our movie icons. Just thinking of Depp brings a smile to my face. Rob does the same for me.

  • wriggle

    Pattinson is going to be a huge movie star and should have been added to the list. I dont bother getting worked up over actors who I dont admire. They can be in huge blockbusters or the prettiest looking guys on earth but it wont wash with me. If I dont respect them as an actor they can forget it.

    Rob has impressed me greatly. I first noticed him in The Haunted Airman and while the ending does confuse a lot of people I was very taken with Rob and his terrific performance. If that had been on US TV it would have got him an Emmy nomination. It was a brave performance. He strips the role right down and its amazingly subtle. You nearly feel you are watching him in slow motion. Its very effective and I've honestly not seen a performance quite like it. When you consider he was only 20 and with so few performances under his belt its downright amazing.

    I'm excited about Little Ashes - moreso than Twilight but both roles will show casting directors how versatile Rob is.

  • shannon

    Robert Pattinson. No question.

    Brilliant actor, handsome and charming, versatile, musical, physicality...I could go on. But then, I see many Pattinson fans have come out here, and I'm sure they've said it all as well.

    However, just in case it wasn't mentioned, he just won the 'Best Actor in a Feature' award at the prestigious Strasbourg Film Festival, for his portrayal of Art in the Independent film, How To Be. This is only the first of many awards for this young talent. His portrayal of Salvador Dali will blow away competitors and critiques alike.

    Oh, and the 12 year old? While I'm sure he's more than talented...like Haley-Joel Osment was at his age, and like Freddie Highmore now, but he won't be the 'Next Big Male Movie Star' for a long time....maybe in ten years when he's Rob's age! Something for him to aspire to...

  • joa_nna

    Robert Pattinson has the ability on screen to get the audiences to warm to him. I'm not alone in thinking Rob can pull out a performance that really hooks in the audience and makes them care. Call it charm, call it charisma, call it brilliant acting. Whatever it is he has that gift.

    He's an extremely talented actor. Someone called him a craftsman and I'd agree but whats even more amazing about him is that its coupled with a spontaneous feel. He also has a huge amount of sex appeal that leaps off the screen. That shouldnt be devalued. Its an important quality for a leading man to have.

    The Haunted airman is a quirky piece of television but you believe in Rob's character and his predicament. Its a fantastic piece of acting. He really can be a Hollywood Great. They have to start somewhere...............

  • MrsRansom

    Just like everyone else here, ROBERT PATTINSON IS THE NEXT BIG MALE MOVIE STAR! He's simply fantastic in everything he does. He has such screen presence, it's simply a delight to watch him. He really immerses himself in his characters. He's going to be the Next Big Thing and he's got real staying power.

    Toby Jugg and Daniel Gale have been his best performances, and with Twilight, Little Ashes, and How To Be coming out, everyone is talking about this guy. He's so passionate and his great facial expressions come across on the screen as if he IS the person he's portraying. You walk away from the films feeling as if there is no other person to play his character but him. He OWNS the roles beautifully.

  • wickedcupofjoe

    I am in total agreement with everyone -- Rob Pattinson should definitely been on this list.

    He is such a fantastic actor -- immersing himself in any character he plays. You believe that Rob is actually the person he is portraying, rather than just an actor playing the part.

    I am excitedly waiting for Twilight, I admit, but I am equally excited to see Little Ashes.

    Because Rob doesn't stick to just one character type, I see him going far in the movie industry. Much farther than most of the actors listed -- in my opinion.

  • Pinkstarlett84

    I think you missed a very obvious one, Robert Pattinson. If you had been paying attention you would know that Robert Pattinson is definitely deserving of being on that list. Not only does he have leading man looks, but he's very talented and diverse. He's been getting a huge amount of buzz, and Twilight hasn't even come out yet. I guess your waiting for that to come out to jump on the bandwagon with the rest of the people stuck in oblivion. It's a shame, that you didn't do your research. I also should not fail to mention, he already has a tremendous following, well I guess that'll become obvious with the poll results. Get with it!

  • sarahw

    I'm sure the child actor is good but I dont see how he can be in a list for the NEXT Big Male Movie Star. Cera as well really doesnt have the versatility for such a title. I'd also question a few of the others too.

    Pattinson really should be on that list. He has the right balance of charisma, versatility/talent, timelesness and sex appeal. I dont think any on the list have all of those qualities. Some but not all. He's quirky too which adds to his appeal.

  • sarahw

    I must add - you dont seem that fussed/convinced by the names you have singled out.

  • StarrBaby83

    Definately shouldn't have left Robert Pattinson out. He's poised to be the next Heath Ledger, the way he gives himself over totally to the character that he is playing just shows how dedicated and talented he is. With Twilight, Little Ashes, and How to Be coming out in the next 6 months his star will surely be rising.

  • ckybltz

    Wow...fans of this Robert Pattinson dude are quite obsessive...

    One little post on IMDB about this "nearly like a weak copy of tMF", and look what happens... next time dont be so sarky, Brad....

    Anyway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt was most definitely great in Brick and the Lookout, but I really dont see him being a big star. I think Shia LaBeouf has loads of acting skill and charisma. He's already got box office draw, and I dont see that changing anytime soon.

  • bellsfromep

    Have you been hiding under a rock.. and not heard that resounding buzz about Rob Pattinson?.. seriously, he is already well on his way to becoming the next biggest male movie star. If you don't give your readers a chance to vote for him.. then you are truly leaving them in the dark.

  • Kimberly128

    I only have 2 words. Robert Pattinson. Even though he was not mention, I really feel his fame will soar once Twilight is released. Even with the small role he played as Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter The Goblet of Fire. He has played in quite a few United Kingdom made for tv and movies. He is actor that can play any character. I am probably biased, because I just love him and totally obsessed with Twilight. He is perfect for the role and I am so looking forward to seeing him in How to Be at the New Orleans Film Festival. He will be big.

  • Pinkstarlett84

    You know you made a mistake when the person winning your poll isn't even on the list.

  • BeautifulM

    No Ryan Gosling??

    Anyway, I think the next BIG MALE MOVIE STAR like Will Smith or Tom Cruise would be Shia Labeouf.

    As far as acting talents i.e. oscar calibre films would be Ryan Gosling, James McAvoy, Emile and Gordon-Levitt.

  • BeautifulM

    Please do one for the actresses too :-)

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com bradbrevet

    BeautifulM said: No Ryan Gosling??

    Anyway, I think the next BIG MALE MOVIE STAR like Will Smith or Tom Cruise would be Shia Labeouf.

    As far as acting talents i.e. oscar calibre films would be Ryan Gosling, James McAvoy, Emile and Gordon-Levitt.

    I had Ryan Gosling, but he got bumped at the last minute. He definitely has Oscar talent, but I just don't see him as a "star". He is in my little mention at the end though.

    Then again, this article was supposed to be just a few ideas not me saying anything specific one way or another. Simply open to interpretation.

    Apparently some folks think Robert Pattinson is pretty good. Go Cedric Diggory! OME! :)

  • BeautifulM

    bradbrevet said: I had Ryan Gosling, but he got bumped at the last minute. He definitely has Oscar talent, but I just don't see him as a "star". He is in my little mention at the end though.

    Then again, this article was supposed to be just a few ideas not me saying anything specific one way or another. Simply open to interpretation.

    Apparently some folks think Robert Pattinson is pretty good. Go Cedric Diggory! OME! :)

    Oh that's cool about Ryan. I know you said BIG MALE MOVIE STAR, since people were so adamant about Robert. I thought I'd throw Ryan in there.

    So Robert is the guy who play's Cedric Diggory? I was just about to IMDB him. hmmm, Isn't he in that Twilight movie??

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com bradbrevet

    BeautifulM said: So Robert is the guy who play's Cedric Diggory? I was just about to IMDB him. hmmm, Isn't he in that Twilight movie??

    Yeah, he was Diggory in Goblet of Fire and the reason for all the love is because he is in the Twilight movie as Edward.

  • sweetkisses0530

    I think Robert Pattinson should be in that list. He's already won a best actor award for his role in the indie movie how to be and his next few roles are proving to be very promising for him to showcase his talent as an actor.

  • BeautifulM

    bradbrevet said: Yeah, he was Diggory in Goblet of Fire and the reason for all the love is because he is in the Twilight movie as Edward.

    I kind of figured.lol. That's what I get for not reading the comments thoroughly.

    Maybe I should read Twilight to see what all the fuss is about.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com bradbrevet

    BeautifulM said: I kind of figured.lol. That's what I get for not reading the comments thoroughly.

    Maybe I should read Twilight to see what all the fuss is about.

    I read the first book and that was enough for me and after seeing the trailers it looks like slightly larger budget after school special. But hey, it's got a legion of fans, that's for sure. I wish 'em the best.

  • dazzleforever

    Where is Robert Pattinson on this list? He obviously needed to be up there since the votes for "Other" has the majority and most of the comments are asking for him. He's taken a variety of roles in the past few years, from being Cedric in the popular Potter franchise, to Daniel Gale a secondary role in Bad Mother's Handbook, and being the leading man in Twilight. This young man definitely has a bright future and it will, without a doubt, be proven in Little Ashes. He recently won Best Actor at the Strasbourg Film Festival for his role as Art in How To Be, does that not count?
    I can't wait to see what the following years will bring for him, hopefully some more indie movies instead of Hollywood blockbusters.

  • khennager1019

    Robert Pattinson, hands down, should definitely be on your list.

  • kit katt

    Rob Pattinson, definately.

    He is a truly talented actor. His roles are varied and he really takes on the "persona " of the character that he portrays. You really need to see more than just Harry Potter to see what kind of actor he is.

    The panel at the Stasbourg film festival seem to have thought he was pretty good, awarding him Best Male Actor for his role in "How to Be"

  • niceiceedward

    You seem to have been overwhelmed with messages regarding this fact, but indeed, Robert Pattinson IS the next big movie star. He has parts in the upcoming films, "How To Be", "Little Ashes" (About Salvador Dali) as well as "Twilight".

    His will be the next name Hollywood is tossing around, continually. I'm not denying that there is some very distinctive talent on the list as it stands, but Robert Pattinson will be the one to watch, and very soon the ONE to see.

    He is an excellent actor, and his charm has effectively won over fan girls everywhere.

    I personally consider Jackson Rathbone, also from "Twilight" as an excellent actor as well, but even my preference for Mr. Rathbone can't stop me from recognizing the talent, and mystique of Robert Pattinson.

  • shannon

    Rob's done a bit more than just Harry Potter and Twilight. His roles in The Bad Mother's Handbook and The Haunted Airman actually display the talent he possesses. Twilight is to Rob what Titanic was to Leo. However, playing Edward Cullen won't define him.

    He's already winning awards on the Indie circuit for his portrayal in How To Be, and the acclaim is just around the corner for his portrayal of Salvador Dali in Little Ashes, directed by Academy Award nominee Paul Morrison. I wouldn't be too dismissive just based on not having a taste for young adult fiction Brad...I agree with some names on your list, but the big breakout star to keep an eye on is definitely Rob Pattinson.

    After you look into his work more, you should do an article on this young talent... Let me know if you need any more info! ;)

  • sandy

    Shannon has said it very well - Rob Pattinson has worked on other projects that the original poll poster clearly hasnt watched. Thats the problem with these sorts of lists. If the person has only watched a narrow selection of work the list will always have an odd slant. The 12 year old child included in the list for next Big Movie Star sums it up.

    Anyway I think you can guess who I think shouls have been included on the list. Mr Pattinson. Cera and the kid most certainly shouldnt on on there. I also agree that the comments on the people named comes across as rather luke warm anyway. At the end of the day Pattinson's large fanbase plus his considerable talent will ensure he will get to the very top.

  • Dara

    bradbrevet said: Yeah, he was Diggory in Goblet of Fire and the reason for all the love is because he is in the Twilight movie as Edward.

    Ahhh that might explain some of the love being thrown Rob Pattinson's way, but for me and some others out there, his appeal has nothing to do with playing "Edward"...I stumbled across Rob's performance in the "Bad Mother's Handbook" by accident on YouTube and loved it, and to be honest I have never seen the Harry Potter films!!!! I am glad that his performance in Twilight will bring him to the masses, but I truly believe it is his versatility, raw energy, and timeless quality that seems to transcend the screen that will keep him around for years to come...

  • bree

    It almost felt like a slap to the face to see Robert Pattinson absent from this list. Even though most people remember Pattinson as "the guy who died at the end of Potter 4" or as the devastatingly beautiful vampire Edward Cullen in the greatly anticipated Twilight, this young actor has exceptional talent. After playing Reese Witherspoon's son in Vanity Fair and a World War II pilot in The Haunted Airman, Pattinson has taken on greater roles such as Salvador Dali in Little Ashes and as a young, troubled man named Art in How To Be. The latter is currently playing at film festivals and is getting excellent reviews, all of which attribute Pattinson as pure talent.

  • lovely2

    So you made a Robert Pattinson is god wallpaper nice but hes still not on the list... might wanna fix that asap

  • HazelB

    Do NOT get me wrong. LOVE Lee Pace, LOVE James McAvoy and thank GOD you put James Franco on there! But I must be honest. I thought for SURE Robert Pattinson would be on the list. Have you not been reading the news? He is literally everywhere, and in my opinion as well as many others I'm sure, believe he has the most promise out of anybody.

    Micheal Cera is great, but he plays the same character in every movie. As does Jake G and Shia LeBouf. Rob has been compared to a young Jack Nicholson, and in my book, a River Pheonix or a Johnny Depp. He has the look, the voice, the stare, the artist's charisma, and most importantly, the versatility of a prolific male movie star.

    Thus, my request is that you add Robert Pattinson to your list, for he very much deserves it.

  • SPUNKRANSOM

    okayy seriously. ROB PATTINSON is GOD.
    why the eff did you know but him on the list?????
    He is a freaking amazing actor and you just made a huge mistake for not putting him on the list. I also Wanted Josh Hutcherson. He is Jesus. Literally. I love both to death and was extreamly dissapointed that NEITHER were in your little poll thingy.

    AND ALREADY the majority of the vote goes towards other which if im not mistaken over 75% of the comments are on ROb Pattinson.

    Peace

  • Larissaxx19

    ROBERT PATTINSON
    ROBERT PATTINSON
    ROBERT!!!! HE IS AMAZING!!! GET READY FOR TWILIGHT!!!

  • joli.kirk

    RUPERT GRINT!

    Lookin' SMOKIN' HOT IN THE NEW "CHERRYBOMB" promo pics!!! Check out MTV for the pics!

  • http://aplaceofinterest.com/tycox/ tycox

    Looksw like a bunch of Twilight freaks are upset!!!!

  • EverybodyLies01

    I think Joseph Gordon Levitt should be the next big thing. He's incredible in the indie films that I have seen him in. His facial expressions, body language, tone of voice, everything.

  • http://aplaceofinterest.com/tycox/ tycox

    Looks like they all got together just to let you know how disappointed they were.....like I said FREAKS!!!!

  • sds136

    I voted for "other" because, in my opinion, Robert Pattinson is the nest big star of Hollywood! I think he should be in the list!

  • wriggle

    tycox said: Looks like they all got together just to let you know how disappointed they were.....like I said FREAKS!!!!

    Actually its all good pr for Rob so thanks. =D>

    PS I'm NOT a Twilight fan but I am a Rob fan.

  • fah

    He is a versatile actor! He has 2 extra movies coming out! He is a very underrated actor, very subtle which is harder to portray than being all out there. Subtlety with impact is way hard and he does it well!

  • janeyb

    Some on that list are way off the mark. Pattinson should definitely be on there. His performance as Salvador Dali in Little Ashes will be a showcase to his talent.
    I'm looking forward to all his new films including How To be and Twilight and the latest one Parts Per Billion.

    He has a wonderful nervous energy which I'm sure they put to good use as Dali.

    Rob reminds me of Depp in the integrity of his choices. How to be and Little Ashes and even Parts Per Billion from what I;ve read are wonderful role choices.

    He's also very versatile like Depp and has a presence which makes you focus on him.

    Rob's ability to translate through actions (even the most subtle facial manipulations) is simply amazing. Just like Depp.

    In every role he plays, he breathes life into the characters he plays.They are all very diverse and he doesn't seem to be afraid to play anybody.

  • Annette

    Definitely Robert Pattinson.

  • Ivana

    Rupert Grint is the only member of the Harry Potter leading trio who will be having no less than three new movies released in 2009 - Wild Target, Cherrybomb and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. One Britcom, one Indie drama and one blockbuster - if that doesn't prove his versatility and the fact that he is in high demand, I don't know what does!
    MTV has only posted a Cherrybomb-related interview with Rupert today, and it's already generating massive buzz, the response is overwhelmingly positive and people are excited about the movie and about Rupert outgrowing the Harry Potter franchise.
    Wait and see, 2009 is just around the corner, and when Rupert's latest movies are released, he will be everywhere, everybody will be marveling at his talent, and those of us who were able to recognise true talent will just sit back and enjoy. :)

  • Ivana

    Make way for Rupert Grint! http://moviesblog.mtv.com/2008/09/29/rupert-grint-gets-bloody-for-cherrybomb-check-out-exclusive-photos/

    "In the space between Harry Potter films, the young actors who play the trio of Harry, Ron, and Hermione have been trying to cram as much non-wizarding world work on their resumes as possible — to prevent typecasting when they grow up. [...]
    But Rupert Grint, who plays Harry’s best bud Ron Weasley, is trying to go Radcliffe one step further — by taking on violent roles in the independent films “Wild Target” (which he just started) and “Cherrybomb” (which he just finished)."

    Rupert rocks!!!!

  • twilighter18

    WHERES ROBERT PATTINSON????????????? I VOTE 4 HIM, AND HIM ONLY!! HELL YA HES GOD!!!!!!! hE SHOULD BE A CHOICE, CUZ EVERYONE WANTS HIM........ JUST LOOK AT THE COMMENTS....... PLEZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ PUT HIM ON, AND THAN ROBERT WILL KICK THE OTHER GUYS ASSES!!!!!!!!!!!

    KALEIGH

  • twilighter18

    I am a robert pattinson fan and Twilight fan :) Plez

    PS-we r not freaks, we are just loyal!!!

  • klt

    Yes! Check out the promo pictures of Cherrybomb and you'll see what I'm on about.

    Three movies in 2009 starring this wonderful actor, it will be a treat!

    http://moviesblog.mtv.com/2008/09/29/rupert-grint-gets-bloody-for-cherrybomb-check-out-exclusive-photos/

  • http://aplaceofinterest.com/tycox/ tycox

    Well I havent heard of one damn thing he has done except his cameo in Harry Potter. I take a crap on the rest of the stuff he's done. Maybe he can be on this list when he does a credible role!!!! And no I do not count Twilight as credible! You couldn't pay me to go see that!

  • punisher1

    sean faris

  • Rina

    Rupert Grint should definitely be on top of this list. If you have not been entertained, or cried in laughter, or got teary-eyed, with his scenes from the movies Harry Potter, Thunderpants, and Driving Lessons, then you must have been missing a lot lately.

    Rupert Grint has been one of the actors of his generation with the most talent and charisma--not to mention his polite and down-to-earth attributes. His great acting skills have led him to work with the most respected stars of today like Stephen Fry, Julie Walters, Bill Nighy, Emily Blunt to name a few. I salute this young man for being a gem in the showbiz industry! Kudos and more power to you.

  • JenCal

    tycox said: Well I havent heard of one damn thing he has done except his cameo in Harry Potter. I take a crap on the rest of the stuff he's done. Maybe he can be on this list when he does a credible role!!!! And no I do not count Twilight as credible! You couldn't pay me to go see that!

    t>

    Try looking into an actors body of work before you take a crap on him.

    I'm a Rob fan, and not because of Twilight. He has versatility as an actor and can do so much. I look forward to his future work.

    Another actor that should be on the list (besides Rob, of course!):

    Rupert Grint

  • Rina

    Rupert Grint should definitely be on top of this list. If you have not been entertained, or cried in laughter, or got teary-eyed, with his scenes from the movies Harry Potter, Thunderpants, and Driving Lessons, then you must have been missing a lot lately.

    Rupert Grint has been one of the actors of his generation with the most talent and charisma--not to mention his polite and down-to-earth attributes. His great acting skills have led him to work with the most respected stars of today like Stephen Fry, Julie Walters, Bill Nighy, Emily Blunt to name a few. I salute this young man for being a gem in the showbiz industry! Kudos and more power to you.

  • cburrus

    I whole heartedly agree that Rob Pattinson should be on this list. If not for anything else then for his role in the Haunted Airman. That movie left my jaw dropped for hours after I watched it. It was an amazing performance from such a new actor. He also shows alot of intensity in the roles he plays making him appear older than he is. At this point I think he could pull any role off. He would make a directors dream- just ask Hardwicke! Can't wait to be dazzled by his role in Twilight too!

  • DaisyCullen

    I definetly agree with the comments above me. Robert Pattinson should've been included in this list. He is an amazingly talented actor, and musician. It's a shame that actors that maintain the same type of roles and that don't show their diversity are included here. Robert is truly an incredible and diverse actor, unlike other names shown here.

  • moze

    100% Robert Pattinson!!!! He definitley dazzled me with the preview of Twilight. He is the reason I even picked up the book. I think Twilight is going to be his turn around. I can't wait to see him in other movies. I can picture him in all kinds of movies action, drama and most important he will be a big box office draw. This must all be exciting for him. I am so happy for him.

  • JD92

    HAHAHAHA....the fact that this got posted on the ROBERT PATTINSON message moards on IMDB means that anyone who read it there already likes him because they ALREADY thinks hes great and they are his fans....the only way this poll can still be taken seriously is if it was posted on all the other actors message boards as well....I mean come on....all the robert paterson fans r voteing other and yet shia sits only 17% behind? clearly shia wins this hands down. I mean....if you ask a star wars fan site whats the best movie of all time?? there gunna say star wars, its what there there for, so if u ask people on a robert pattinson message board if hes the best young actor? of course there gunna say yes. IMO shia is most likely going to be the biggest star here, and bring in the most cash, but I would say I like the acting of Joseph Gordon-Levitt and James McAvoy the most out of all of these not to mention Mcavoy seems to be makeing a lot of hits these days as well wich is impressive since he hasnt been around the spotlight very long. I'd also add that Jake Gyllenhaal isnt bad either.

  • Silverdreamz09

    Like I said in the other post regarding Rob. A lot of these young actors his age lack versatility. We've been fortunate with the roles he's chosen to play. He shows tremendous range. Those who dog his talent, I can't help but laugh because it's obvious they have not seen his work. At the end, Robert will be at the very top. I can assure you of that. You can't really credit a list that has a 12 yr old on it. Come on now. lol. So Rob fans, don't take this article to heart.

  • roberttlover28

    Honestly that is exactly how i feel couldn't have said it better that is the complete and whole truth about ROBERT PATTINSON'S dfanbase. by the way ROBERT PATTINSOOON haha love him should've been on this list.

  • Dar38

    Clearly the person who should be at the top of the list of none other than Rupert Grint. Rupert has the most talent of anyone who can do anything he sets his mind to. Not to mention he loves his fans dearly.

    Rupert will go very far in his career and all of his fans will be along for the ride.

  • JD92

    just curious...how many people who made comments about robert pattinson are not Twilight fans? and if not...were u this much of a fan BEFORE u heard he would be in twilight?

  • EverybodyLies01

    I thought this was supposed to be asking the opinion of who's the next big male star, not worship the ground robert pattison walks on? And I have to say I agree with JD92 in the above post. I'm not trying to poke fun at the Twilight girls or guys...whoever is posting about him, but really. I do think we get you all think he's some sort of godsend, but give it a rest already

  • Silverdreamz09

    I don't think Robert is perfect, or do I worship the ground he walks on. They asked our opinion and we gave it. Just because it doesn't concede with your answer, doesn't mean were wrong. I don't get why people are getting so touchy about it. Talk about the damn poll or article or whom you think is the next leading man or whatever, this isn't about Robert or Twilight. I don't see why people can't have an opinion without having people question your motives etc. It's pointless.

    And I am not a Twilighter. I'm a Rob fan first. I'm an indie film fanatic. I don't stick to the mainstream garbage. Twilight is not the film I'm most anticipating. I think Twilight is bringing him the popularity. But his other work is what's going to make him the next leading man IMO. Is he getting a big break? Major. Just like Leo in Titanic. It doesn't diminish his talent, because of it. Can Robert come to par with the buzz, only time will tell.

  • twilighter18

    ROBBBERRTTTTTTTTTTTTT PATINSON!!!!!!!!!!!!!--- i was a fan before Twilight, and know a bigger fan : )

  • twilighter18

    Onee thing to prove rob has skills he Just WON BEST ACTOR IN THE INTERNTIONAL FILM FESIVAL 4 HOW TO BE... Its not jsut Twilight :)

  • Isabel_Garcia_7

    In my opinion I think that Robert Pattinson Should be the next big male movie star because he is so very talented and amazing! HE SHOULD BE ON THE LIST!!!!!

  • MichelleICM

    It's a shame that Rupert Grint isn't on this list, because he deserves to be on here! He often gets overlooked with these thing, and it's a sad day when an outstanding actor like Rupert isn't recognized!

    He has done numerous movies, and not JUST the Harry Potter franchise. He has played many diverse roles, he played a geeky, boy genius in "Thunderpants" and this was right after "The Sorcerer's Stone", mind you. He also played a shy, poetic teenager in "Driving Lessons". He finished Half-Blood Prince earlier this year, and instead of taking a break til the next HP movie, he seized an opportunity to expand his acting career. He recently finished a thriller called, "Cherrybomb", in which he plays Malachy, an Irish high-school thug. Along with his best friend, Luke, they begin to compete with each other for the affections of a troubled, young vixen. Currently, he is working with the likes of Rupert Everett, Bill Nighy, and Emily Blunt on a movie called, "Wild Target." He will play Tony, an apprentice to Nighy's character, a hitman looking to retire. All three of these movies that I have mentioned are all coming out in 2009!

    So, why, I ask you, is Rupert not on your list? He is obviously an excellent actor who is very versatile, if you were just to sit down and watch his movies. And not base an opinion, or an omission in this case, on something as small as he's a sidekick to Dan Radcliffe or he's just comedic relief. Rupert is much more than any of that! He loves acting, he's got natural talent, he has the drive to succeed at it, and he chooses roles that challenge him. He has been very careful to not fall into a specific niche because it's easy or just because it's being offered to him. He will be in the public eye for many years to come, I(and all of his other fans) will give a 150% guarantee on that!

    So, if anyone else besides the staff here at RoS, is reading any of this. Please check out Rupert's movies, and make sure to hit the theatre(three times) in 2009 to see Rupert play three very different characters. And hopefuly, some folks at RoS will realize all of what Rupert's fans have said here, and do an interview with him and help get him more recognition. Rupert should have been on this list!

  • JD92

    So I can understand that your all fans of his and like his work so want him/beleive he WILL be the next big star, and I will say that I have not seen either of his new movies that came out this year so I cant comment on his performance in them. My comment however is, why do you think he will be the next Will Smith type of star? keeping in mind that it reffers to selling tickets and being a good front man for movies, so atm we have FANS comment that hes amazing, wich there nothing wrong with, BUT everyone has fans, and im sure people would say the same thing about most actors out there if there fans of them. Now lets say he is infact as good as everyone says he is, does the really mean hes the next big star? in my opinion no, since there are many people who are very very good, but did not become a really big star, and robert pattinson still has not been in a movie that was a big hit yet so there is nothing to really base this star power on, whereas the rest of the people on this list have either been in more movies, or have had some hits already, take shia for example, in the past few years hes has a bunch of movies that made lots of bank. But as it stands I wouldnt say Robert pattinson has anything to base star power on, good acting maybe, but not star power.

  • ravidlaz

    Oh mah gawdz Brad!! I cannot believ u didn't put Robz Pattinson on the list! He is like totallyz the bestest ehver!! He iz gonna be the hugezt star in teh worldz. I totallyz lulz at your ingnoranzz. You will regret this onze Twilight comez outz.

    ZOMG! I kant even like lookz at you right nowz!

    N bi the wayz, he is GAWD!!

  • WickedJo

    RUPERT GRINT. Why?
    1- the most important factor: he's talented. The most talent young male actor in the businees in my opinion, just check any of the movies he has done,the guy acts better without a word then a lot of older actors do with the best scripts! His acting is natural and believable, ant that is very unusual.
    2-His handsome. Yes, it is important in this industry, but he goes even further then all those pretty boys, because his beauty is unique yet undeniable. He just looks very very good on the screen, the camera loves his face.
    3-he's a good guy. Simple as that. he loves his family, who keep him grounded, he's humble, generous and very polite towards everybody.
    4- He loves his fans and his fans are the most dedicate.I think that's very important for an actor to succeed, as a fandom can have a lot of power.

  • Tania

    To respond to the JD92 - I actually think there's room for more than 1 new male star. The Damon/Depp's of this world are are not as young as they once were and I dont think Shia will have it all his own way. His current hit is really benefiting from zero competition in the cinema and he;s been lucky to have roles in blockbusters like Indiana Jones without having to really deliver a good performance. He also has more a of a boy next door look to him. Not really a leading man so I do think someone like Pattinson can step in and take some of the cream. There's room for a few at the top. I do think Pattinson is more versatile and can do blockbusters alongside worthier work (like Will Smith). But in all honesty using Smith as the one model to go by is misleading. Matt Damon is just as popular with wide appeal.

    I actually think if you were going to compare Pattinson with anyone you'd say he has a Depp vibe to him. I could easily see him in a Edward Scissorhands role. I couldnt see Shia playing a role like that in a month of sundays. Twilight has given him a big fanbase and thats useful in todays precarious movie industry but a lot of his fans arent just teeny popper girls who know zero about his other roles. A lot have taken the time to search out his other work and cant wait to see his new projects. Personally I'm more excited to see him as Dali than I am Twilight. Pattinson hasnt been around as long as Shia but I do think he'll pass him by in the not to distant future and get the more interesting and long term career. I think his talent, versatility, timeless quality, sex appeal, varied fanbase, charisma, wit/comic timing, leading man looks and build and quirky personality (not forgetting his musical ability) will make him a huge film star.

  • jorupert

    i think Rupert Grint should win because i think he is gone really good job in all Harry Potter and now he also doing many other movies. He will be great actor one day. He just amazing.

  • robineau

    JD92 said: So I can understand that your all fans of his and like his work so want him/beleive he WILL be the next big star, and I will say that I have not seen either of his new movies that came out this year so I cant comment on his performance in them. My comment however is, why do you think he will be the next Will Smith type of star? (snip) Now lets say he is infact as good as everyone says he is, does the really mean hes the next big star? in my opinion no, since there are many people who are very very good, but did not become a really big star, and robert pattinson still has not been in a movie that was a big hit yet so there is nothing to really base this star power on, whereas the rest of the people on this list have either been in more movies, or have had some hits already, take shia for example, in the past few years hes has a bunch of movies that made lots of bank. But as it stands I wouldnt say Robert pattinson has anything to base star power on, good acting maybe, but not star power.

    For someone who admits to not having seen much of his work, you sure are knowledgable about his star power, aren't you? Isn't the size and dedication of his fan base enough of an indication on that front? This is an actor with--as you state--"nothing" to base his star power on, yet he manages to be in the Top Five of IMDb's Starmeter for the last several months solid...along with the likes of Shia LaBeouf, Christian Bale, and Heath Ledger. This is not a *small* fan base, I am sorry to say.

    You are entirely correct in stating that he doesn't have any big-bank solo projects under his belt. But is the bank that Twilight is going to bring in really in that much doubt? I mean, this is in no way a $300-million dollar blockbuster here, but it will do respectable business. And then there are two sequels in the works. How is this any different from the future projects that land Anton Yelchin or Kodi Smit-McPhee on the list? And really, if we're talking box office, what kind of numbers have Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emile Hirsch been responsible for? Do I think they're excellent actors? You bet! In fact, Joseph is one of my faves...but I fail to see why all of these actors are somehow able to make the list, yet the idea of Robert Pattinson is somehow offensive or silly.

    Look, do I think he's going to be a big star? Yes. Do I think he should have at least been on the list? Yes. Do I think he's another Will Smith? Another Shia LaBeouf? God, I hope not, honestly. If he starts cranking out crap like Hancock and Transformers I'm going to have to smack him silly. I hope he is able to balance some of the bigger fare with the small indie projects he seems to like.

    Hey, we just think he should have been listed. We've been, um, vocal in saying so. That's all.

  • JD92

    Well, im very interested to see what will happen in the next few years, since it is anyones game, personally the think shia or Mcavoy will be the next "will smith" type of acotor, but who knows, anyones game at this point, they may be in the lead at the moment for staring in movies, but that could change very easily.

  • shannon

    robineau said: For someone who admits to not having seen much of his work, you sure are knowledgable about his star power, aren't you? Isn't the size and dedication of his fan base enough of an indication on that front? This is an actor with--as you state--"nothing" to base his star power on, yet he manages to be in the Top Five of IMDb's Starmeter for the last several months solid...along with the likes of Shia LaBeouf, Christian Bale, and Heath Ledger. This is not a *small* fan base, I am sorry to say.

    You are entirely correct in stating that he doesn't have any big-bank solo projects under his belt. But is the bank that Twilight is going to bring in really in that much doubt? I mean, this is in no way a $300-million dollar blockbuster here, but it will do respectable business. And then there are two sequels in the works. How is this any different from the future projects that land Anton Yelchin or Kodi Smit-McPhee on the list? And really, if we're talking box office, what kind of numbers have Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emile Hirsch been responsible for? Do I think they're excellent actors? You bet! In fact, Joseph is one of my faves...but I fail to see why all of these actors are somehow able to make the list, yet the idea of Robert Pattinson is somehow offensive or silly.

    Look, do I think he's going to be a big star? Yes. Do I think he should have at least been on the list? Yes. Do I think he's another Will Smith? Another Shia LaBeouf? God, I hope not, honestly. If he starts cranking out crap like Hancock and Transformers I'm going to have to smack him silly. I hope he is able to balance some of the bigger fare with the small indie projects he seems to like.

    Hey, we just think he should have been listed. We've been, um, vocal in saying so. That's all.

    I just wanted to commend this comment...very well said, all valid and great points. We're on the very same page robineau...

  • bellsfromep

    If being named number one on the tMF list of hottest young actors doesn't flag you to his appeal, talent and definite rising star .. then obviously you just don't get it.
    too bad for you.

  • Ulises2u

    Of all those actors the only one who has done theatre is Daniel Radcliffe. I think stage is where people show if they really can act. In a movie the directors, editors... they can cut and paste takes to make an actor look great and good even if they don't know learn their script, but on stage you really have prove yourself. So in my opinion Radcliffe is way ahead of all those actors, he is terrific in Equus. I've also seen some of his non Harry Potter movies and really liked them. He can do both drama and comedy, cinema, theatre and tv... he is the most versatile actor of all those.

  • Kerry

    robineau said: For someone who admits to not having seen much of his work, you sure are knowledgable about his star power, aren't you? Isn't the size and dedication of his fan base enough of an indication on that front? This is an actor with--as you state--"nothing" to base his star power on, yet he manages to be in the Top Five of IMDb's Starmeter for the last several months solid...along with the likes of Shia LaBeouf, Christian Bale, and Heath Ledger. This is not a *small* fan base, I am sorry to say.

    You are entirely correct in stating that he doesn't have any big-bank solo projects under his belt. But is the bank that Twilight is going to bring in really in that much doubt? I mean, this is in no way a $300-million dollar blockbuster here, but it will do respectable business. And then there are two sequels in the works. How is this any different from the future projects that land Anton Yelchin or Kodi Smit-McPhee on the list? And really, if we're talking box office, what kind of numbers have Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emile Hirsch been responsible for? Do I think they're excellent actors? You bet! In fact, Joseph is one of my faves...but I fail to see why all of these actors are somehow able to make the list, yet the idea of Robert Pattinson is somehow offensive or silly.

    Look, do I think he's going to be a big star? Yes. Do I think he should have at least been on the list? Yes. Do I think he's another Will Smith? Another Shia LaBeouf? God, I hope not, honestly. If he starts cranking out crap like Hancock and Transformers I'm going to have to smack him silly. I hope he is able to balance some of the bigger fare with the small indie projects he seems to like.

    Hey, we just think he should have been listed. We've been, um, vocal in saying so. That's all.

    What an excellent reply. =D> Love it.

    Also re Radcliffe's theatre acting. I applaud his bravery in taking on the play. I dont however think being a good theatre actor necessarily ensures you become a long term Hollywood Movie Star. I think Daniel will never get to the very top outside of the HP umbrella but will tick along with a decent amount of work. He's not as versatile as Christian Bale and doesnt really have a leading man's physique. That lack of height will eventually have an effect on the roles he's offered. He's protected to a degree while HP films are shelled out but once they are complete the industry wont be as warm to him.

    The tMF website has Pattinson as the No1 hottest young movie star and I couldnt agree more.

  • twilighter18

    Yah The movie Fantic .com just put Robert as there #1 out of 50.... COUGH COUGH!!! Rob, should be number one two.... LET THE FANS CHOOSE PLEZ

    ROBERT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ajha_ysta

    Where is robert pattinson...????
    I think you MUST add him in the list......

  • MichelleICM

    Rupert Grint should definitely be on this list! And it's not just his fans that are saying he's talented and will go far, his co-stars and past directors have stated this numerous times!

    ...Thewlis thinks it will be difficult for them(the trio) to have acting careers outside the series.
    "The most likely is Rupert. I think he's the most natural actor. He's the oldest of the three. I can imagine him moving on." David Thewlis from "Sydney Morning Herald" June 8, 2004

    The writer/director for "Driving Lessons", Jeremy Brock, had this to say about him
    "But I have always had a great admiration for Rupert Grint's naturalism. I've always felt watching him in the Harry Potter movies that he had a talent for the hardest thing, which is to simply be yourself on camera. 35mm film is very unforgiving of actors who are even remotely mannered and Rupert's the opposite of that. He's a complete naturalist. I knew that the part required him to be very still a lot of the time. Jeremy Brock, "Hollywood Reporter", October 11, 2006.

  • swtliltwilight

    What can I say that everyone hasn't already said... Bottom line you made a big mistake by not having Robert Pattinson on the list. He will most definitely be one of the Next Big Male Movie Stars.

  • RaTTleR_NL

    Brad, can you put a reminder in your calendar for in about 10 years?
    By then these horde of girls should be aware wether they turned out to be right or wrong.
    To me it seems hard to judge when a career hasn't been that long yet, or in other words short so far.
    I've seen comment about this guys work in a film that hasn't been released yet.

    Who knows what gonna happen, that guy from that head & shoulders ad became somewhat popular later on..... Travolta or something his name is.

  • Kerry

    Yes please do add a marker to the calendar.iI'm extremely confident Pattinson will be a much bigger star than Cera and the 12 year old boy. Thats for sure. Infact you want need to flick too far forward in the calendar.

  • ruthie

    Maybe this site could do something useful like putting up some info on Rob Pattinson's new film Little Ashes.

  • portlandia

    Well someone I think everyone should check out and watch for is Jake Sandvig.
    I saw him first years ago in "The Story of Us" with Bruce Willis and Michelle Pfeiffer. Although the film was not a huge box office hit it was good and he stood out in my mind. I have kept tabs on him. I really enjoyed him in "Twenty Good Years" with John Lithgow and Jeffrey Tambor. He also did "Cracking Up" with Molly Shannon. They say comedy is harder then drama..and he has perfect timing. He has worked with some excellent actors and Directors and that speaks volumes.
    I also went to Sundance and stood in line to see Justin Lin's project "Finishing the Game" and was thrilled to see Jake in a lead role...My kids loved him in "Sky High" Now these are not huge box office films and it is about a miracle to get a television show with a second season these days. But I saw his dramatic side on "Journeyman" and was blown away. I did not know that was him....very impressive. He has two films coming out Dec 08 and "Fired Up" March 09 (per IMDB) and I really look forward to watching him. He is a young Tom Hanks.....

  • vic1512

    Ok, Where is Robert Pattinson?? he's so amazing not just because his role as edward in twilight it's just that he's so charismatic and his warmth, he's funny, extremly beautiful,he has been in a variety of diferents roles and he acted really great. and his charm is awesome. that's all.

  • wriggle

    Robert Pattinson has been chosen by the Hollywood Film Festival Award Committee as the recipient of this year’s New Hollywood Award. He, along with other honorees and winners, will receive their awards during the gala ceremony on October 27, 2008.

  • wriggle

    Regarding Rob's new film Little ashes - the new movie poster is now out and you can view a hi res version at the wonderful movie fanatic site. A smaller version is on this blog

    http://littleashesmovie.blogspot.com/

  • shannon

    So...we have Rob taking the #1 spot on tMF's list of the top 50 'hot new upcoming actors;' We have Rob winning the Best Actor in a feature at the Strasbourg Paris Film Festival; We have him more recently winning the 'New Hollywood of the Year Award;' And this is only the beginning.

    Yes, do mark this actor down, for you'll be doing an article someday, "Who will be the next Robert Pattinson as the Next Big Hollywood Male?"

    Check out the other nominees on the right of this page:

    http://movies.yahoo.com/hollywood-movie-awards?pollVote#poll39091

    And yes, do view the High Resolution Little Ashes poster, here:
    http://www.LittleAshesRelease.com

  • ecgirl1

    It is October 11, 2008, and thus far Robert Pattinson has been chosen to receive two acting awards (Twilight hasn't even been released in theatres yet). Someone has not done their homework regarding Robert Pattinson. Rob did great work in The Haunted Airman, Bad Mother's Handbook, and How To Be. It has been said of Mr. Pattinson: "Pattinson's role as Dali in Little Ashes will define him as a serious character actor." Come on people - get with the program. You really missed the mark leaving Robert Pattinson off your list.

  • Satua

    I agree with many. You really shouldn't have left out Rob Pattinson. He's able to act, just see his previous films and he finally does the blockbuster thing with Twilight for sure. And after that he will be able to make it just with his name on the first of the credits list.

    And I can't see how you dismissed Ryan Gosling. What he needs to do to prove himself to you? Haven't you heard of the Notebook? It was really up to it leads that it went so popular. Already Oscar nominated and also a list of great roles behind. If he only wants to do a blockbuster, he's totally able to pull it out.

    With your list I agree with Shia and James McAvoy. Emile Hirsch as well if he ever wants to do another blockbuster. To be a new Will Smith you got to be able to be funny as well, who's up to that? My money might be on LaBeouf.

  • Lyn

    @alisonb:

    I understand why Robert Pattinson has not be included on this list.His star has just started to rise as of this year. A lot of the other people on this list have had more film credits or award notable performances before this year. Robert Pattinson will probably be on this kind of list soon. As long as he continues to work and garners more roles or acllaim there will be no questioning why he isn't on this kind of list.

    In the end this is one man's list. I mean in my eyes he is also missing other actors that have made big impressions on film like Michael Pitt, Ben Foster and Paul Dano among some actors. Well in the end only time will tell who comes up as a power house.

  • Brian

    Stumbled across this today. The Robert Pattinson uproar is hilarious. Sure, he could have been on the list, but the guy only made 1 awkard movie (Twilight) and a Harry Potter film.

    If you are looking for the next Will Smith, someone with mass appeal for big hollywood pictures (action, comedy, romantic) I think your guy is Chris Evans. He has natural charm and the look/build to play an action role. I believe he has the acting chops, too. I liked his performance in Sunshine.

    If you want a sleeper, I give you Henry Cavill. After seeing him in the Tudors, I believe he is one decent film role away from being a huge star (btw Twilight fans, he was Stephanie Meyers original choice for the role of Edward, but got too old by the time the film was made).

    Love the additions of Pace and McAvoy.

  • Jerry

    I stumbled across this today too from your actress article list.

    I think of those you profiled Shia LaBeouf and James Franco have the most potential. Franco is past the awkward age for casting of male leads but he may not want to lead in movies that are that mainstream. Being supporting in a blockbuster is one thing but lead, I don't know. He seems to have mostly stuck to lead, co-lead, or supporting in smaller movies. Like his next movie Howl, although it has a good cast, isn't a big production. Is that his choice or how he is being casted? I don't know, time will tell.

    Shia is successfully leading movies at a very young age, something not a lot of male actors are even given the opportunity to do since movies often cast old for young. You are right though that it is hard to discern if it is the movies or him bringing the money in, but in the end it may not matter if he does it enough people believe it is him. As long as he keeps his act together (which is somewhat questionable) he can probably succeed though. BTW, I know he supposedly dropped out of Dark Fields but now production on that is on hold, are they waiting for him?

    I like McAvoy a lot too but I think he'll go more along the lines of Ewan McGregor.

    Of those you listed but did not profile, Zac Efron. I don't know if I could have said in September but as much as we may be loathe to admit it, he has box office potential (that musical movie did do well financially and his new movie seems to be picking up a lot of buzz) and having seen him Linklater's new film at SXSW, now I can say he can actually act. He seems to have a good work ethic and to not be falling apart at the pressure either so he may go far. He needs to get some different roles though, action flicks would help him with the male demo which right now Shia is dominating.

  • miranda

    robert pattinson all the way of couse the rest of them are good actor but none compare to robert he is my favorite actor of all times i couldn't see edward played by a better person the producer chose the right cast for this movie so far best movie i've seen robert is the sexiest actor out there he desered all the adward he got tonight at the mtv movie adwards you made a mistake by not putting him on there

  • Jezza

    Probably one of the boys from The Hangover may hit the big time among comedy actors.

    Zach Galifianakis is sort of a cross between Jack Black and John Belushi
    Ed Helms is a sort of a blend of Jim Carrey and Will Ferrel
    Justin Bartha is sort of the next Paul Rudd
    Bradley Cooper is the next Seth Rogen

  • Stig

    Paul Walker aka Brian O'Conner from Fast and Furious comes to mind.

    Some say he's the Robert Redford of our generation. Vin Diesel asumingly is the Paul Newman of our generation.

  • Stig

    @miranda: What chance does The Hangover Boys aka Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Justin Bartha or Zach Galifianakis have of winning that MTV award in 2010?

  • Stig

    @Jezza:
    The main reason The Hangover made money was down to the following reasons
    1. Todd Phillips was back doing what he did best; directing frat house comedies such as Old School.
    2. When The Hangover came out there wasn't competition from Judd Apatow or Sacha Baron Cohen yet.
    3. The Mike Tyson cameo.
    4. Critical Acclaim: The Hangover was basically benifitting from positive word of mouth.
    5. Ed Helms is brilliant in The Office: An American Workplace so fans of that might have seen The Hangover.