01/22/2014 03:31 pm ET Updated Jan 25, 2014

What's In Store For 2013's Breakout Movie Stars This Year?

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Last year's breakout stars are still reveling in their ascent to fame, but we're more anxious to see what 2014 has in store for them. Margot Robbie wowed us with her sultry "Wolf of Wall Street" performance, Michael B. Jordan charmed us on- and off-screen, and Lupita Nyong'o and Barkhad Abdi waltzed their way to Oscar nominations with debut film roles. Each star has a healthy slate of projects on the horizon, as do the likes of Miles Teller and Dane DeHaan. Here's where to find 2013's breakout film stars in the coming months.

  • Michael B. Jordan
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    2013: Fans of "The Wire" and "Friday Night Lights" will cry blasphemy at Michael B. Jordan's inclusion as a breakout star of 2013, but his searing performance in "Fruitvale Station" upped the ante.

    2014: Jordan stars alongside Zac Efron and Miles Teller in this month's buddy comedy "That Awkard Moment" and gears up to film the crime drama "Triple Nine," co-starring Cate Blanchett and Christoph Waltz. He was also rumored for roles in "Fantastic Four" and "Star Wars: Episode VII."
  • Oscar Isaac
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    2013: Top-lining a Coen brothers movie is no minor call to fame. The "Inside Llewyn Davis" star, who was also in the thriller "In Secret," was celebrated for his performance in the 1960s folk-music drama.

    2014: Isaac has a bundle of movies in post-production. "Mojave" reunites him with "Llewlyn Davis" co-star Garrett Hedlund, with Isaac portraying a suicidal artist who finds his doppelgänger. "The Two Faces of January" casts him as a tour guide in Greece who gets involved with a murder at the hands of a con artist (Viggo Mortensen) and his wife (Kirsten Dunst). Finally, Isaac can be seen in a supporting role in "Ex Machina," which centers on an Internet coder who wins a mountain-resort vacation and is forced to interact with the world's first artificial intelligence, who just so happens to be an appealing female robot.
  • Henry Cavill
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    2013: Cavill was on "The Tudors," but since that show never really captured the zeitgeist, most of the world met him through his turn as Superman in a little movie called "Man of Steel."

    2014: Before returning for 2016's Batman-Superman crossover movie, Cavill will strip off his cape in favor of "The Great Wall," which is about exactly what it sounds like, and a Guy Ritchie-helmed film update of the '60s CIA series "The Man from U.N.C.L.E."
  • Lupita Nyong'o
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    2013: Nyong'o landed her first feature-film role, in "12 Years a Slave," immediately after graduating from the Yale School of Drama. She's now a favorite for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar.

    2014: The only follow-up role on Nyong'o's plate as of yet comes opposite Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore in the February air-marshal thriller "Non-Stop."
  • Brie Larson
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    2013: "United States of Tara" viewers have known Larson since she played Kate Gregson on the prematurely canceled Showtime comedy, but she garnered immense praise for the trifecta "The Spectacular Now," "Don Jon" and especially "Short Term 12." Her turn as a supervisor at a foster-care facility for at-risk teens in "Short Term" attracted universal acclaim and the Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Actress.

    2014: Larson will headline the musical rom-com "Basmati Blues." She plays a scientist who travels to India to sell the genetically modified rice she and her father created.
  • Dane DeHaan
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    2013: "Kill Your Darlings" gave DeHaan one of the easiest ways to secure widespread fame: a beloved celebrity BFF. Enter Daniel Radcliffe, with whom he starred in the Beat biopic. (DeHaan also won great acclaim for his role as Ryan Gosling's son in "The Place Beyond the Pines.")

    2014: DeHaan will appear opposite Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth in the crime drama "Devil's Knot" and alongside Aubrey Plaza in the Sundance comedy "Life After Beth." He'll also play Harry Osborn in May's "Amazing Spider-Man 2."
  • Barkhad Abdi
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    2013: Abdi had never acted before he answered a casting call for Paul Greengrass' "Captain Phillips." He spent 2013 basking in praise for his debut role as the captain of a small Somali pirate crew that hijacks a cargo ship.

    2014: The Oscar-nominated newcomer is directing "Ciyaalka Xaafada," which depicts the lives of Somali-Americans living in Minneapolis.
  • Margot Robbie
    2013: "Pan Am" was canceled in 2012 after only one season, but Robbie bounced back with well-received performances in the time-travel romance "About Time" and Martin Scorsese's Oscar bonanza "The Wolf of Wall Street."

    2014: Robbie will star opposite a handful of A-listers in the coming year, including Michelle Williams in the World War II drama "Suite Française" and Will Smith in the rom-com "Focus." The 23-year-old actress will also film an adaptation of young-adult sci-fi novel "Z for Zachariah," co-starring Chris Pine and Chiwetel Ejiofor, and the role of Jane in the live-action "Tarzan," which features Alexander Skarsgard, Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson.
  • Miles Teller
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    2013: We first made note of Teller in "Rabbit Hole" and the 2011 remake of "Footloose," but it was last year's "21 & Over" and especially "The Spectacular Now" that made his name stick.

    2014: It's a big foursome for Teller in 2014. First up is "Whiplash," which was a sensation when it premiered at Sundance last week."That Awkard Moment," a buddy romp that casts him as best pals with Zac Efron and Michael B. Jordan, opens Jan. 31, and the much-anticipated "Divergent" -- which reunites him with "Spectacular Now" cohort Shailene Woodley -- hits theaters on March 21. The rom-com "Two Night Stand" is expected to arrive at some point as well.
  • Adèle Exarchopoulos
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    2013: Exarchopoulos racked up awards, including some Oscar murmurs, for her role in the buzzy Palme d'Or winner "Blue is the Warmest Color." She was also seen in the Sundance film "I Used to Be Darker."

    2014: The French actress will return to her roots with "Voyage Vers La Mère" and "Qui Vive."
  • Rinko Kikuchi
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    2013: Audiences adored Kikuchi as ass-kicking Mako Mori in "Pacific Rim," and she followed that up with a role in the Keanu Reeves samurai movie "47 Ronin."

    2014: She fronts "Last Summer," about a free-spirited woman who loses custody of her 6-year-old and then spends four final days on a yacht with said child.
  • Leá Seydoux
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    2013: Seydoux starred in "Blue is the Warmest Color" and the romance "Grand Central."

    2014: We're looking at a big year for Seydoux. She's on the top-notch roster in Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel," starring opposite Vincent Cassel in the French update of "Beauty and the Beast," and portraying Yves Saint Laurent muse Loulou de la Falaise in "Saint Laurent."
  • Chadwick Boseman
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    2013: Following stints on NBC's "Persons Unknown" and ABC Family's "Lincoln Heights," Boseman won raves for playing Jackie Robinson in the biopic "42."

    2014: The actor will join Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner in another sports movie when Cleveland Browns dramedy "Draft Day" opens, and we're hankering to see Boseman play James Brown in the Tate Taylor-directed biopic "Get On Up," which hits theaters in August.
  • Will Poulter
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    2013: "We're the Millers" led to a Rising Star nomination at the BAFTAs for Poulter.

    2014: Poulter stars in the credit-card-fraud comedy "Plastic," the Cara Delevingne vehicle "Kids in Love," September's post-apocalyptic memory-erasing thriller "The Maze Runner," human-trafficking drama "Glassland" (co-starring Toni Collette), and "Shoplifters of the World," about an impassioned Smiths fan who hijacks the airwaves after first learning of the band's demise.


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