12 Up-and-Coming Idris Elbas

These hot black actors are the ones to watch.

Dope is arguably this month’s breakout film, and it stars a very cute up-and-coming African American actor named Shameik Moore. The success of Dope got us thinking about other hot black actors who are on the brink of becoming the next Idris Elba. Here are our 12 favorites.

  • 1 Shameik Moore
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    You can see him in theaters now as Malcom in Dope, which currently has a 93 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Up next for Shameik is a starring role in the Netflix musical series The Get Down, which is slated for a 2016 release. [/item
  • 2 Octavius J. Johnson
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    He’s best known for playing Marvin Gaye Washington in the Showtime series Ray Donovan, but he’s since gone on to land parts on NCIS and Scorpion. He has two new films on the horizon: Sleepless Night and 59 Seconds. [/item
  • 3 Michael B. Jordan
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    Michael broke out in 2013 after his incredible performance in Fruitvale Station. (He played Oscar Grant.) However, the best is still to come for this hottie. He’s playing Johnny Storm/The Human Torch in The Fantastic Four reboot, which will hit theaters this August. Plus, he’ll star in the sports drama film Creed, out in November. [/item
  • 4 Chadwick Boseman
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    After getting rave reviews playing James Brown in 2014’s Get On Up, Chadwick has become one of Hollywood’s most sought-after actors. He’ll star alongside Gerard Butler in the epic fantasy Gods of Egypt in April 2016. Even cooler, he’ll play the Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War, out in May 2016. [/item
  • 5 John Boyega
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    The 23-year-old actor got his break in the 2011 film Attack the Block, and he currently voices Blkmrkt on the FXX series Major Lazer. However, John is about to blow up in a huge way; he has the lead role in the next Star Wars film, directed by J.J. Abrams. Catch it in theaters this December. [/item
  • 6 Dayo Okeniyi
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    After warming hearts as Thresh in The Hunger Games (2012), he followed that up with roles in The Spectacular Now (2013), Runner Runner (2013), and Endless Love (2014). His next role will be alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator Genisys, out this July. [/item
  • 7 Nate Parker
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    The very, very sexy actor is about to come for all your faves in 2016 when he directs and stars in the highly-anticipated historical drama The Birth of Nation, which he also wrote. [/item
  • 8 Anthony Mackie
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    While he’s not exactly a newcomer, Anthony achieved all kinds of recognition for his work in 2009’s The Hurt Locker. He topped that when he snagged the role of Sam Wilson/Falcon in Captain America: Winter Soldier (2014). He reprised his character in 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron and will do the same thing in Captain America: Civil War, set for 2016. [/item
  • 9 Jay Ellis
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    The South Carolina native is best known as Bryce ’Blue’ Westbrook on The Game. However, he has two new films coming up: Breaking Through and Lemonade. [/item
  • 10 Omari Hardwick
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    He’s slaying the game as Andre on BET’s Being Mary Jane and Starz’s Power. Plus, he’s all sorts of beautiful. [/item
  • 11 Laz Alonso
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    He’s currently playing Detective Billy Soto on NBC’s The Mysteries of Laura. [/item
  • 12 Derek Luke
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    Derek has a part in Ryan Reynold’s latest film Self/less, which will come out in July. [/item

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