Ten Actors to Watch in 2010

The end of 2009 is near, and a new batch of actors are gearing up to take over Hollywood. Next year you’ll see plenty of big budget films and long awaited sequels headlined by unfamiliar faces. To keep you in the loop we’ve created a list of the top ten actors to watch in 2010. With stakes this high, 2010 will be the make or break year for everyone involved, so sit back, relax, and take a look into our Krystal” ball.

Carey Mulligan

1. Carey Mulligan

Current Star Rating: Two Star 9-12-09 kc

Projected Star Increase: 4 star 2 8-12-09 kc

British actress Carey Mulligan is the success story that keeps young undiscovered actresses waiting tables. Within the past year she has gone from an unknown to the new “it” girl. She will most likely be gaining an Oscar nod (if not win) due to her acclaimed performance in the indie flick, An Education and next year she’ll appear in the coveted role of Gordon Gekko’s daughter in Oliver Stone‘s Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps opposite Michael Douglas, Frank Langella, and Shia Labeouf. Not bad for someone whose biggest claim to fame was playing Keira Knightley‘s sidekick in Pride and Prejudice.

Chris Hemsworth

2. Chris Hemsworth

Current Star Rating: one star 8-12-09 kc

Projected Star Increase: 4 star 2 8-12-09 kc

This summer’s Star Trek beamed more than just Chris Pine to the big leagues, it also helped out some of his colleagues including Hemsworth. If you don’t remember him from Star Trek don’t worry, you’ll be seeing a lot more of him soon. In 2010 he’ll take over a role originated by the late Patrick Swayze in the remake of the cult classic Red Dawn, and he’ll also begin production on Kenneth Branagh‘s adaptation of the comic Thor, which will have him following in the Marvel footsteps of Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man and Edward Norton‘s The Incredible Hulk.

Mia Wasikowska Alice in Wonderland

3. Mia Wasikowska

Current Star Rating: one star 8-12-09 kc

Projected Star Increase: 3 stars 8-12-09 kc

Every actress between the ages of 16-21 wanted to land the role of Alice in Tim Burton‘s reimagining of Alice in Wonderland, but Australian Mia Wasikowska was the lucky one that got to jump down the rabbit hole. The Disney film will reunite frequent collaborators Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter in a 3-D visual feast that everyone in Hollywood will be talking about. If that isn’t grand enough, Wasikowska will also appear in the comedy The Kids Are Alright and an untitled Gus Van Sant drama scheduled for a 2011 release. Sounds like she’s the new “indie it” girl.

Noah Ringer The Last Airbender

4. Noah Ringer

Current Star Rating: No Stars

Projected Star Increase: Two Star 9-12-09 kc

How great do you have to be for M. Night Shyamalan to hand pick you from obscurity to star as the lead in his film? Noah Ringer was a 12 year old martial artist who sent in an audition tape to the director, not knowing that it would land him the role of Aang in The Last Airbender. The film is an adaptation of a popular animated series, and has a legion of followers who are hard to impress. Even though it’s his first acting job, Ringer has everything he needs to pull off the character including a black belt in Tae Kwan Do. Will be stick around? Probably through 2010. Who knows he may be the next JCVD.

Chloe Moretz

5. Chloe Moretz

Current Star Rating: one star 8-12-09 kc

Projected Star Increase: 3 stars 8-12-09 kc

Chloe Moretz is still a tween, but has worked opposite some of the biggest stars in the business. Most audiences saw her in this year’s unromantic comedy 500 Days of Summer as Joseph Gordon-Levitt‘s wise beyond her year’s sister, but 2010 has even more in store for the young actress. She’ll star as a gun toting assassin in the comic adaptation Kick-Ass, where she’ll play Hit Girl, the deadly young daughter of Nicolas Cage‘s Big Daddy. She also landed the female lead in the English language remake of the vampire flick Let Me In, opposite The Road star Kodi Smit-Mcphee. Talk about being a bad-ass before you can even drive.

Garrett Hedlund

6. Garrett Hedlund

Current Star Rating: Two Star 9-12-09 kc

Projected Star Increase: 3 stars 8-12-09 kc

Garrett Hedlund has managed to snag supporting roles in some well known films such as Troy, Four Brothers, and Friday Night Lights, but next year he’ll be starring side by side with franchise legend, Jeff Bridges in Tron Legacy. The film will debut in December 2010 with the same weekend slot as this year’s Avatar, which could be a blessing or a curse depending on how you look at it. Can Hedlund take over the Tron franchise and spawn a new generation of sequels? Only time will tell.

adrianne_palicki

7. Adrianne Palicki

Current Star Rating: one star 8-12-09 kc

Projected Star Increase: Two Star 9-12-09 kc

Over the past few years Palicki has made a name for herself with notable television appearances on shows like Supernatural and the NBC adaptation of Friday Night Lights. Next year she will appear in two major film releases, one being the religious epic Legion, and the other a modernized remake of Red Dawn. She’ll play a major role in both movies, but Legion will have her front and center as a woman whose unborn child causes a war that literally moves heaven and earth. On with yourself sexy lady!

Jay Chou

8. Jay Chou

Current Star Rating: No Stars

Projected Star Increase: Two Star 9-12-09 kc

No one will ever be able to replace the late great Bruce Lee, but Jay Chou will attempt to fill his shoes for the big screen adaptation of The Green Hornet. He’ll be playing Kato, the swift kicking sidekick of Seth Rogen‘s vigilante publisher Brit Reid. The Taiwanese actor is already a star overseas with a successful career as an actor, producer, and singer. The last time U.S. audiences saw him on screen was in the 2006 film The Curse of the Golden Flower, and four years later he’s ready to tackle mainstream comedy.

Portia Doubleday

9. Portia Doubleday

Current Star Rating: No Stars

Projected Star Increase: one star 8-12-09 kc

The festival buzz surrounding the dark comedy Youth in Revolt has been positive, and beyond the hype regarding Michael Cera‘s performance you’ll find some mentions of his co-star Portia Doubleday. The actress in a newbie to the film world but appears to be right at home in front of the camera. She stars as Cera’s love interest Sheeni, and manages to come across as a veteran. With her natural comedic timing we could be looking at the next Emma Stone or Ellen Page.

Aaron Johnson plays as Kick-Ass.  Photo courtesy of Marv Films.

10. Aaron Johnson

Current Star Rating: No Stars

Projected Star Increase: Two Star 9-12-09 kc

Former child actor Aaron Johnson is already a familiar face in his native UK, but he’ll be making his leading man debut stateside as the title character in Matthew Vaughn‘s Kick-Ass. Johnson stars as Dave Lizewski, an awkward teenager who’s brutally attacked and decides to take justice into his own hands. The role is a drastic shift from his performance as legendary Beatle John Lennon in the loose biopic Nowhere Boy, which chronicles the tumultuous childhood of the future rock star. Both films are slated for 2010 releases, but Nowhere Boy will makes its theatrical debut in the U.K.

What do you think of our list of actors to look out for in 2010? Who should be added?