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Last February I published an article called Rising Star: Olivia Wilde. If the number of hits that article gets (32,453 total views to date) is anything to go on she certainly was one of the rising stars of 2010, who are the others?

 

Noomi Rapace

The original Swedish adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s millennium trilogy was released in UK and American cinemas in 2010. Some viewers found The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo too brutal and graphic, I personally thought it was excellent and placed it on my top ten movies of the year list. The two sequels weren’t as good, they were bogged down by their plot and felt altogether less cinematic, not surprising considering their TV origins. One thing that few people can disagree with is how brilliant Noomi Rapace is as Lisbeth Salander. Catching the eye of Hollywood, she is set to appear in the Sherlock Holmes Sequel that is in production at the moment, she is also rumoured to be in the Alien Prequel set for release in a couple of years.

 

Aaron Johnson

Having appeared in movies and TV shows since he was about ten Aaron Johnson had drifted along under the radar for years until the release of Nowhere Boy at the back end of 2009; Johnson does a great job as a young John Lennon. Then came his biggerst role to date, Dave Lizewski aka Kick-Ass. He ended 2010 with Japanese horror maestro Hideo Nakata’s Chatroom. His future films include a Kick-Ass sequel.

 

Chloe Moretz

Having already made several movie and TV appearances I first remember seeing Chloe Moretz as Jo-Go’s “wise beyond her years” sister in 500 Days of Summer (2009). Then in 2010 she made an even more memorable appearance as Mindy Macready aka Hit-Girl in Kick-Ass. Probably the most memorable character in the movie, she was certainly the most controversial. She also starred in Let Me In, the remake of Let The Right One In. Although the film itself was a little pointless offering nothing new that we didn’t see in the original her performance was really good.

 

Kodi Smit-McPhee

2009’s The Road was released in the UK in 2010. With such a small cast the movie relies heavily on the interaction between its actors, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Viggo Mortensen as his farther are brilliant together. As mentioned above although Let Me In doesn’t’t completely work, its young stars are great. He also impressed in Romulus, My Father (2007 but released in the UK in 2010) based on the autobiography of Raimond Gaita

 

Whitney Able

The story goes that when casting Monsters, director Gareth Edwards was shown In Search of a Midnight Kiss (great indie-movie if you haven’t seen it) staring Scoot McNairy. Edwards liked the idea of using a real life couple, as luck would have it McNairy’s girlfriend (now wife) Whitney Able is an actress. Edwards was initially reluctant to cast them as he felt Able was too good looking for the part, fortunately after meeting them he was convinced and the pair gave a great performance.

 

Scoot McNairy

Having appeared in numerous movies over the past decade Scoot McNairy, is hardly a newcomer (see above) but his appearance in Monsters could and certainly should be the springboard to bigger and better roles in future.

 

Jennifer Lawrence

Six months ago I had never heard of Jennifer Lawrence now I think she deserves an Oscar for her portrayal of Ree Dolly in the bleak but brilliant Winter’s Bone. The Burning Plain (2008) is also worth a look. Coming up she will be playing a young version of Raven Darkholme / Mystique in X-Men: First Class later this year.

 

Tahar Rahim

Tahar Rahim seemed to come from nowhere to star in A Prophet, the French contender for the Best Foreign Language Oscar. His powerful performance made the movie truly memorable. He will be appearing in several French movies over the next few years but is already on the Hollywood radar with a part in The Eagle (another fictional account of the disappearance of the Ninth Legion). French World War II drama Free Men should also get some international attention.

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