Yes, it’s 2011 already. It’s been 2011 for a week already! Now that we’ve shaken off the sleepiness of the New Year — and looked at the 50 biggest movies of the year and also 25 likely breakout performers — we can gaze into the stars (the Hollywood kind) and tell you which big actors will be making an even bigger splash in ’11.
We have a list of 20 we think will shine brightest going into 2011, judging on both the quantity and quality of their upcoming projects. Let’s look into the future, and see what it holds for them …
Starring In: “Water for Elephants” (April 22), “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1″ (Nov. 18), “Bel Ami”
His Big Year: A little of the heat seems to be off Pattinson these days. It’s not that he’s any less popular, but he and “Twilight” have become such household names that the shrieks, stalking and height of his hair don’t make headlines anymore. “Remember Me” is practically ancient history. In 2011, he has his big chance to break free of Edward thanks to an enviable role in the highly anticipated adaptation of Sara Gruen’s “Water for Elephants.”
Starring In: “Abduction” (Sept. 23), “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1″ (Nov. 18)
His Big Year: As with Pattinson, Lautner is winding down on his “Twilight” duties. While last year saw him hailed as the newest action star, Lautner has taken it surprisingly slow, and many of his much-discussed projects (“Cancun,” “Stretch Armstrong,” “Incarceron”) remain in production. He only has two films scheduled thus far — and only one of them isn’t “Breaking Dawn” — but “Abduction” is Lautner’s first time as a leading man, which is a big jump from Jacob Black.
You can read the rest at NextMovie.