From Emma Stone and Carey Mulligan to Jennifer Lawrence, Kristen Stewart and Rooney Mara, there’s an ever-expanding group of women on the cusp of adulthood who have already landed firmly on the big screen’s A-list. And while we’re all about girl power, we’ve been wondering: Where the heck are their male contemporaries? Surely the next generation of Ben Afflecks and Bradley Coopers are out there, just waiting to be mentioned on a list like this! Look no further, friends — we’ve got our eye on 13 future big-screen big deals, and have rounded them up for your analysis below. Some, like Robert Sheehan, Nick Hoult and Max Irons are part of the YA book-to-movie phenomenon. Others, like Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller, are recent Sundance darlings. While their roles may be vastly different, they’re bonded by incredible talent (and, you know, their good looks don’t hurt anything either).
Check out their deets below so you can say you knew them when.
We’re looking a little worse for wear this morning after the emotional night that was the last Twilight premiere, but thanks to Open Road Films and our friends at MTV, we have the perfect pick-me-up for the morning: Evidence that the next Stephenie Meyer adaptation could be just as thrilling as we think Breaking Dawn – Part 2 is. As anyone who’s read The Host knows, it presents a number of challenges to director Andrew Niccol — if you get one element wrong in this alien-invasion love story that takes place in a high-tech future and a primitive underground bunker, it could be cheesy, heartless or both. But the trailer that debuted this morning provides some reassurances that the movie we’ll see on March 29, 2013, will get at least 10 important things right.
1. The romantic backstory between Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan) and Jared Howe (Max Irons).
2. The desperation of feeling like you’re the last people on Earth. Read more…
Divergent may be the most anticipated book-to-movie adaptation since The Hunger Games got its turn last year (though The Fault in Our Stars is surely a close second). With a release date of March 21, 2014, announced yesterday and rumors that Limitless director Neil Bruger is attached to the project, all we need now are a couple of pretty faces to obsess over. The roles of 16-year-old Tris and her love interest, Four, are sure to be a big get for any actor and we already have a few favorites already in mind. So does Twitter, where people are constantly proclaiming their love for certain stars they see fit for the leads. Let’s discuss some of our favorites here at VH1 Celeb headquarters, and then we want you to tell us who you envision getting their Dauntless on on the big screen.
Taissa Farmiga is my number one pick to play Tris, and I even have the author’s approval on this one. Veronica Roth once replied to my tweet about Taissa as Tris with “ooh. She’s spot on, looks wise.” Not only does she completely embody Tris physically, but her raw and vulnerable performance on American Horror Story proves she’s got the acting chops, too. Our friend and NextMovie editor Breanne Heldman loves Molly Quinn, telling Hollywood Crush, “Molly has a sass and intelligence that’s also so totally Tris.” Castle fans, do you agree?
It’s no surprise that Twilight-mania was the focus of our attention today at San Diego Comic-Con — it is, after all it was the beginning of the end of an era, for the saga as well as for VH1 Celebrity and all the other blogs that have basically devolved into fangirls for the past four years. But while Kristen Stewart and company were getting teary-eyed about their last Con as a group, Twilight mastermind Stephenie Meyer swooped in to remind us that there are many other things in the world to fangirl over, namely, another thing she created: The Host. People were already filing out of Hall H when Stephenie got back on the mic and announced that she and Andrew Niccol, the director of her next adaptation, were ready to show fans the first real sneak peek of the alien-invasion flick. That certainly got our attention away from needing to hunt down some convention-center junk food. Check out Kate Spencer and I recapping all our favorite moments of day one in the video above (and me calling actors “hot” maybe a few too many times). Now, here are five things that gave us goosebumps and reminded us that, yes, there will be life after Twilight:
1. The Soul eyes look awesome. After hearing the Twilight crew complain that the contact lenses were kinda the hardest part about making the films, we were worried about this. For the uninitiated, the book is about people possessed by alien creatures called Souls, which give their hosts’ eyes a weird silver halo. Instead of that weird blank stare colored contacts can give actors, these made them just seem creepily serene, as they should.
2. It is PACKED with action. The first scene is just like the book, showing Melanie being chased and jumping into an air shaft. And what we saw ended with a dramatic car/truck/helicopter chase.
3. Max Irons is super hot. Especially when making out with Saoirse Ronan in the rain. Read more…
The book-to-movie adaptation news cycle never lets up these days, does it? Most of us haven’t even seen the Hunger Games yet, and already we’ve seen a teaser for the Breaking Dawn – Part 2 teaser trailer that will be shown before Hunger Games and a trailer for RPattz’s Cosmopolis (an adaptation of a very different kind of book by Don DeLillo). There are two more things we’re excited for today: People has a couple of stills of Saoirse Ronan and Max Irons in The Host, the sci-fi Stephenie Meyer adaptation whose teaser will also play before HG. And yesterday, Summit launched a little production Tumblr for Ender’s Game, the adaptation of the ’80s sci-fi/dystopian YA novel by Orson Scott Card, which stars Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Harrison Ford, Viola Davis and Ben Kingsley.
“Most of us read Ender’s Game when we were young and wondered when it would become a movie,” the producers say in the first blog entry. “We never dreamed then that we would all be part of the team to bring it to the screen, nor did we realize the novel’s description of our world would be so prescient that its vision would still be unfolding before our very eyes today. And now, watching Asa bring a character to life who has been on our minds since our youth, we realize things happen for a reason. We were waiting for him.”
We’ll take those words of wisdom to heart: No matter how impatient we are to see our favorite books make it to the big screen, we’d rather wait until they’re done right than see a rush job. And we have to admit, the waiting is kind of fun too.
There’s only a little over a year left before the last Twilight movie, Breaking Dawn – Part 2, hits theaters, and fans aren’t the only ones worried about what will fill that void in their lives. Those of us whose livelihoods rely on fan enthusiasm (being completely honest here!) are a little concerned too! But that’s not the only reason why we’re excited to learn about progress in the adaptation of Stephenie Meyer‘s alien survival drama The Host.
According to Variety, they’ve narrowed down the choices for the two male leads to play opposite Saoirse Ronan. Saoirse will play Melanie, whose body, like almost every other member of the human race, has been invaded by an intelligent, parasitic alien species. After being on the run from the invasion for so long, Melanie is somehow strong enough to remain partially conscious while the alien in her body, Wanderer, tries to take over. And with Wanderer she manages to run away and find the underground hideout where Melanie’s uncle, boyfriend, brother and others have been living. She’s not exactly received with open arms, but while fighting for survival she also winds up in one of the most intriguing love triangles we’ve ever read. That appears to be Stephenie’s specialty, doesn’t it?
In the running to play Melanie’s boyfriend Jared are Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games), Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), Jai Courtney (One Shot) and Max Irons (Red Riding Hood). And testing for the role of Ian, who falls in love with Wanderer, are Dane DeHaan (In Treatment), Thomas McDonnell (Prom, that’s him pictured on the right, btw), Augustus Prew (The Borgias) and Jake Abel (Ronan’s Lovely Bones co-star).
While we wait for In Time writer/director Andrew Niccol to make up his mind, we’ll be over at Hollywood Crush voting for our picks for the roles.
While it makes sense to see if co-stars in romantic movies have chemistry, we didn’t realize the process was this graphic. Red Riding Hood‘s Amanda Seyfried told BBC Newsbeat that she was “was required to make out” with prospective co-stars at auditions. “You don’t know what they’re going to do…it was bizarre.” Not that the consummate actress didn’t give it her all. “I wanted to give each guy the best. I didn’t want to give Shiloh [Fernandez] more than I gave Max [Irons] or any of the other guys. I was trying to be so good…so I was just exhausted…so was my mouth.” Hello!
As “gross” as she found the process, the producers did look out for their star (and her lips). “[They sent me] Altoids and toothbrushes and gum and antibacterial lotion and mints and Tic Tacs…Purell hand wipes…and it was so weird, it was cute actually. Very clever of them.” Ah, the glamorous, germ-ridden life of a movie star. Hopefully, no one had mono.
Every time someone utters the words “Jeff Buckley biopic” our 15-year-old self sighs deeply and weeps into her flannel shirt. In case you grew up after the Decade the Music Died – aka the mid-90s – Jeff Buckley was a shaggy haired, bony hunk with an angel’s voice, who was destined to save post-grunge rock n’ roll (listen to “Last Goodbye” below). He released one amazing album, Grace, and then tragically and bizarrely drowned in a river while on tour in 1997, crushing the music n’ makeout-filled dreams of every depressed teenage girl lurking around her local Orange Julius with a Discman in hand. A Buckley biopic has been talked about for yearsssssss, but now there’s a director attached – the very likable Jake Scott, who most recently worked with Kristen Stewart, Melissa Leo and James Gandolfini in Welcome to the Rileys.
Robert Pattinson is rumored to be into the part and he’d be an interesting choice, because Pattinson can sing – and play guitar – quite well. Like, for reals. And with production set to start in the fall, he may be able to squeeze it in between shooting Cosmopolis in the summer and promoting Breaking Dawn come October/November. (And yes, Jake has directed Rob’s girlfriend, so it’d be all cute and family-ish.)
How pretty are these three? Amanda Seyfried is so shiny! That HAIR, people! It can’t be for real! The red-lipped actress looked like a siren in a Karen Caldwell LBD and Fendi shoes at the European premiere for Red Riding Hood at The Vue Leicester Square in London, yesterday. Shiloh Fernandez worked his disheveled charm in a D&G suit and Max Irons went the English schoolboy skinny tie route. This is one seriously cute trio. My my, what big teeth we’ve got – because we could just eat them up! [Photos: Getty Images]