Last year, in our annual selection of nine up-and-coming actors to watch, we introduced you to Jessica Chastain (whose Oscar nomination was still ahead of her), touted Michael Fassbender, and predicted big things for a crop of mostly British talent. This time around, the U.K. isn’t quite so dominant, and our group of rising actors is an excitingly diverse collection. Which of these nine will be superstars, awards darlings, or casting director favorites by the end of the year? Let Vulture brief you on all the new actors you need to know.
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 01: Taylor Kitsch attends the UK premiere of ‘John Carter’ at BFI Southbank on March 1, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images) Photo: Ben Pruchnie/2012 Getty Images