Variety Announces – Top 10 Actors to Watch (2013)

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While Variety will not profile the actors until the release of the October 8th print, they have gone ahead and announced their list of “Actors to Watch” for 2013 (and beyond).  While most of these names are already firmly established beyond the indie capacity, and on their ways up the studio system ladder, they are still a group of fresh faces to the mainstream that should be making their ways to middle-American audiences soon enough.

Here are your Top 10:


In short order she’s gone from instant sweetheart (“21 Jump Street,” “Spectacular Now”) to force to be reckoned with (“Short Term 12”). Look for her next in Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s “Don Jon.”


As far as breakout movies go, “Chronicle” is not too shabby. He’s already got “Kill Your Darlings” and “Metallica: Through the Never” pending release with “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” and “Life After Beth” on the horizon.


He’s played smug and callous in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” inspiring in “Lincoln” and simmering rage in “Jack Reacher.” You can catch him right now in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.” He’s currently filming Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar.”


While he’s appeared in some cool movies (“Not Fade Away”, soon “Kill Your Darlings”) it’s his work on HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” where he really shines. His next silver screen appearance will be David O. Russell’s “American Hustle.”


She’s appeared in Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds,” Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” and Brad Bird’s “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.” You can see her next in the controversial “Blue Is the Warmest Color” and Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”

Lupita Nyong
She wrote and directed “In My Genes,” a documentary about race and identity. She’s also an up and coming actor with roles in both “12 Years a Slave” and “Non-Stop.”


Jordan’s been in the game for a while, having great standout performances in “The Wire” and “Friday Night Lights.” He too gained more exposure through “Chronicle” and pretty much dropped the mic on doubt with his outstanding performance in “Fruitvale Station.” He’s already headed to the big time with the Rocky spin-off “Creed.”


He already has an eclectic resume with “Sucker Punch,” “Drive” and “The Bourne Legacy” amongst his varied . Of course, none of that matters because he’ll be in the Coen Brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis,” which is basically a chance to make a calling card for yourself as a character actor.


Haze will soon prove his worth in two upcoming adaptations. He plays a supporting in the ensemble “As I Lay Dying” and will take the lead in “Child of God.” James Franco clearly thinks highly of the actor and soon we’ll get our chance to join him.


Do yourself a favor and watch “Orphan Black.” It’s a TV show where she plays multiple characters and nails every single one of them. Just a couple episodes of that is enough to convince anyone of her rising talent on display.

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