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5 Breakout Stars to Watch in 2012

Posted 09/01/2012

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5 Breakout Stars to Watch in 2012
Diego Boneta
Starring in: ‘Rock of Ages’
Next Factor: Director-choreographer Adam Shankman has called Boneta the ‘next big thing,’ and he'd better be, since this handsome 21-year-old Mexican sensation is leading an otherwise star-studded cast including, but not limited to, Tom Freakin' Cruise. He also gets up close and personal with his smokin' hot costar Julianne Hough. That's one off-the-charts lucky dude.

Alice Eve
Starring in: ‘Men in Black 3’; ‘The Raven’
Next Factor: Allowing Eve to play a younger iteration of renowned actress Emma Thompson during the 1960s depiction of the Men in Black is a big seal of approval for the 29-year-old, who just became a franchise queen with a role in the ‘Star Trek’ sequel. The Oxford-trained beauty will also play the wife of John Cusack's Edgar Allen Poe. Quoth the Raven, ‘She's got it goin' on.’

Martin Freeman
Starring in: ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’
Next Factor: We've been rooting for this gent since ‘The Office,’ and now he's won the role of a lifetime as a young Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson's ‘Hobbit’ movies, perhaps the most hotly anticipated fantasy films since, well, ‘Lord of the Rings.’ Jackson felt the actor was so ideal he actually built in a production break to accommodate Freeman's commitment to ‘Sherlock.’

Mackenzie Foy
Starring in: ‘The Twilight Saga - Breaking Dawn Part 2’
Next Factor: The rapidly aging Renesmee Cullen becomes the pivotal character in this final chapter in the ‘Twilight’ saga, and an 11-year-old TV actress's performance will be the subject of much debate among fans. Foy could very easily use this as a springboard to a flourishing career or, less hopefully, become cannon fodder for an ‘E! True Hollywood Story.’ Or perhaps both -- the sky's the limit.

Eric West
Starring in: ‘World War Z’; ‘The Marriage Counselor’
Next Factor: This recording artist and nephew of soul legend Smokey Robinson is taking it to the next level with a plum part opposite Brad Pitt in the biggest zombie epic of all time. After he survives that, Tyler Perry will take West to school in ‘Counselor’ opposite Vanessa Williams and, yes, Kim Kardashian.

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