ENTERTAINMENT

What Your Favorite New Stars From 2014 Have Planned For This Year

breakout stars

Last year's breakout stars found success in sensations like "Gone Girl," "The Fault in Our Stars" and "How to Get Away with Murder," but can they extend their momentum once the "newcomer" stamp fades? Your Ansel Elgort fawning and Gugu Mbatha-Raw worshiping won't get them anywhere without a full slate heading into 2015. Here's where you can find 2014's film and television rookies in the months to come.

  • Ansel Elgort
    <strong>2014:</strong> We first met Ansel Elgort in the 2013 remake of "Carrie," but two stints opposite Shailene Woodley gav
    Evan Agostini /Invision/AP
    2014: We first met Ansel Elgort in the 2013 remake of "Carrie," but two stints opposite Shailene Woodley gave the part-time DJ a card in the Miles Teller Club. The only members are charming, dapper 20-somethings with plucky action skills ("Divergent") and an impossible romantic aptitude ("The Fault in Our Stars"). Elgort also appeared in Jason Reitman's "Men, Women and Children," but we'll let that one speak for itself.

    2015: Elgort signed on last summer to portray iconic pianist Van Cliburn, and "Divergent" sequel "Insurgent" opens March 20.
  • Leslie Jones
    <strong>2014:</strong> If you want to guarantee your spot on 2015's list of breakout stars, dominate the conversation about "
    Bobby Bank via Getty Images
    2014: If you want to guarantee your spot on 2015's list of breakout stars, dominate the conversation about "Weekend Update." It worked in spades for Leslie Jones, who bounced back from her controversial "Saturday Night Live" debut to become the oldest cast member in the show's history. She was also among the impressive ensemble in Chris Rock's "Top Five."

    2015: We hope it's more Aretha Franklin impressions on "SNL," but also look out for "Napoleon Dynamite" writer Jared Hess' "Masterminds," a bank-heist comedy co-starring Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis and Zach Galifianakis. (And fingers crossed here that she winds up in Paul Feig's all-female "Ghostbusters.")
  • Carrie Coon
    <strong>2014:</strong> Carrie Coon commanded the first season of HBO's divisive "The Leftovers." Playing grieving Nora Durst,
    Ben Gabbe via Getty Images
    2014: Carrie Coon commanded the first season of HBO's divisive "The Leftovers." Playing grieving Nora Durst, she and Justin Theroux's crotch became the freshman drama's cornerstones. Then she appeared in the blockbuster adaptation of "Gone Girl," in which she tossed gummy bears at Ben Affleck's face. The big screen fell in love just as quickly.

    2015: HBO axed a slice of the "Leftovers" roster, but Coon survived the Sudden Departure. The network hasn't announced a premiere date for Season 2, and Coon has no film roles on the books yet.
  • Gina Rodriguez
    <strong>2014:</strong> Gina Rodriguez scored a Golden Globe nomination and a pile of <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/cultur
    Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP
    2014: Gina Rodriguez scored a Golden Globe nomination and a pile of critical plaudits for her starring role on "Jane the Virgin."

    2015: Catch her on the Globes red carpet this Sunday. "Jane the Virgin" returns Jan. 19, then look for Rodriguez alongside Ray Liotta and Justin Bartha in the dramedy "Sticky Notes."
  • Jack O'Connell
    <strong>2014:</strong> Known in the U.K. for his role on the prime-time soap "Skins," Jack O'Connell crossed the Atlantic wit
    Jason LaVeris via Getty Images
    2014: Known in the U.K. for his role on the prime-time soap "Skins," Jack O'Connell crossed the Atlantic with "300: Rise of an Empire," acclaimed prison drama "Starred Up," festival hit "'71" and the lead in Angelina Jolie-directed Oscar bait "Unbroken." He was also reportedly in consideration for Reed Richards in "The Fantastic Four," but the part went to Miles Teller.

    2015: O'Connell's calendar is full, but his movies are in need of release dates. He has a supporting role in romantic drama "Tulip Fever" and a spot opposite George Clooney and Julia Roberts in the Jodie Foster-directed hostage thriller "Money Monster." Between those titles, he's at work on the long-gestating Terry Gilliam satire "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote."
  • Gugu Mbatha-Raw
    <strong>2014:</strong> A recurring role on "Doctor Who" and the lead on J.J. Abrams' short-lived NBC spy series "Undercovers"
    Todd Williamson/Invision/AP
    2014: A recurring role on "Doctor Who" and the lead on J.J. Abrams' short-lived NBC spy series "Undercovers" weren't enough to spark American audiences' attention, but the racial period drama "Belle" and Rihanna-esque pop-star story "Beyond the Lights" made up for all that time we didn't know Gugu Mbatha-Raw's name.

    2015: In February, we'll see her play a half-human, half-deer genetic splice in the Wachowski siblings' futuristic space epic "Jupiter Ascending." Also look out for Renee Zellweger's big-screen comeback, "The Whole Truth," which finds Mbatha-Raw playing a young lawyer. Perhaps we'll also see Sony's untitled NFL concussion drama this year, in which Mbatha-Raw stars alongside Will Smith and Alec Baldwin.
  • Rosamund Pike
    <strong>2014:</strong> If you were paying close attention, you met Rosamund Pike when she played Miranda Frost in "Die Anothe
    Jon Furniss/Invision/AP
    2014: If you were paying close attention, you met Rosamund Pike when she played Miranda Frost in "Die Another Day," Jane Bennet in 2005's "Pride & Prejudice" or Peter Sarsgaard's girlfriend in "An Education." Since you weren't, Pike gave one of the year's strongest performances in "Gone Girl." She also showed up in "Hector and the Search for Happiness" and "A Long Way Down," but those didn't make quite the same dent.

    2015: After welcoming her second son in December, Pike is waiting in the wings with the blind-date-gone-wrong thriller "Return to Sender" as well as "The Mountain Between Us," in which she and Charlie Hunnam must find safety as the sole survivors of a plane crash.
  • Brenton Thwaites
    <strong>2014:</strong> Brenton Thwaites met box-office breadth as Prince Phillip in "Maleficent" and box-office bummer in the
    Ethan Miller via Getty Images
    2014: Brenton Thwaites met box-office breadth as Prince Phillip in "Maleficent" and box-office bummer in the disappointing adaptation of "The Giver."

    2015: In this month's "Son of a Gun" (currently available on demand), Thwaites plays a prisoner who gets wrapped up in a plan to help a notorious criminal (Ewan McGregor) escape. Then he'll appear in the dramedy "Ride," written and directed by Helen Hunt, portraying a college dropout with surfing aspirations. Thwaites is also slated to board the next "Pirates of the Caribbean" ship, playing a British soldier in the 2017 sequel.
  • Alfred Enoch
    <strong>2014:</strong> Look at little Dean Thomas all grown up! When Alfred Enoch first waltzed into his big-league role on t
    David Buchan via Getty Images
    2014: Look at little Dean Thomas all grown up! When Alfred Enoch first waltzed into his big-league role on the ABC megahit "How to Get Away with Murder," all our Hogwarts memories came flooding back. He also guested on an episode of "Sherlock" last January.

    2015: "HTGAWM" returns for six more episodes on Jan. 29. Someone get this guy some movie roles.
  • Ellar Coltrane
    <strong>2014:</strong> Ellar Coltrane committed 12 years of his life to "Boyhood," which opened in July and became one of the
    Ilya S. Savenok via Getty Images
    2014: Ellar Coltrane committed 12 years of his life to "Boyhood," which opened in July and became one of the year's crowning achievements in film. Coltrane wavered when asked about his cinematic future, but in December he signed with a talent agency.

    2015: Coltrane is up for Best Young Actor/Actress at next week's Critics' Choice Awards and could share the ensemble prize at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. As for another movie role, nothing yet. "I’m getting some offers for some really cool stuff," Coltrane said last month. "I also like to paint and draw, and photography is a big thing. I want to do everything."
  • Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer
    <strong>2014:</strong> Fans of the "Broad City" web series knew Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer long before Amy Poehler signed
    Larry Busacca via Getty Images
    2014: Fans of the "Broad City" web series knew Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer long before Amy Poehler signed on to produce the show for Comedy Central. It became a cult sensation, and the two Millennials-in-Residence took the act on the road for their 22-date "Broad City Live" tour.

    2015: "Broad City" returns for a 10-episode second season on Jan. 14.
  • Tony Revolori
    <strong>2014:</strong> Tony Revelori found out about an open casting call for the lobby boy at the center of "The Grand Budap
    Invision for Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
    2014: Tony Revelori found out about an open casting call for the lobby boy at the center of "The Grand Budapest Hotel," and months later he was labeled the movie's "scene-stealer."

    2015: Revelori filmed one of the lead roles in the coming-of-age dramedy "Dope" last year, and he's currently at work on the big-screen adaptation of young-adult sci-fi novel "The Fifth Wave," which also stars Chloë Grace Moretz.
  • Finn Wittrock
    <strong>2014:</strong> Finn Wittrock started the year in the critically vilified "Winter's Tale" before appearing as the youn
    Kevin Winter via Getty Images
    2014: Finn Wittrock started the year in the critically vilified "Winter's Tale" before appearing as the younger version of Ray Winstone's Tubal-Cain in "Noah" and Taylor Kitsch's AIDS-stricken boyfriend in HBO's "The Normal Heart." But it's his bloodlust as resident "American Horror Story: Freak Show" psycho Dandy Mott that hijacked our attention (and we're not only talking about his oiled-up torso). Wittrock ended 2014 with a sharp turn in Angelina Jolie's "Unbroken," portraying one of three World War II soldiers attempting to survive after their plane crashes in the ocean.

    2015: "Freak Show" has two episodes left, then he'll play cancer-plagued college football star Freddie Steinmark in "My All American," written and directed by "Hoosiers" and "Rudy" scribe Angelo Pizzo. Wittrock has also filmed "The Submarine Kid," in which he plays a troubled former Marine opposite "Lost" star Emilie de Ravin.
  • Pedro Pascal
    <strong>2014:</strong> Pedro Pascal played an assistant state's attorney during the early days of "The Good Wife," but last y
    Albert L. Ortega via Getty Images
    2014: Pedro Pascal played an assistant state's attorney during the early days of "The Good Wife," but last year his turn as Oberyn Martell on "Game of Thrones" became a fan favorite. He also played FBI agents in a seven-episode arc on "The Mentalist" and a nine-episode stint on "Graceland." Pascal and Mary Elizabeth Winstead filmed a dramatic pilot directed by Patty Jenkins ("Monster") for ABC, but it wasn't ordered to series.

    2015: Pedro will hit the Slamdance Film Festival at the end of the month, where the horror-comedy "Bloodsucking Bastards" premieres. The Netflix series "Narcos," in which Pascal plays a DEA agent hunting down cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar, is expected to arrive this year. Meanwhile, he'll step into the shoes of Pontius Pilate to film next year's "Ben-Hur" remake.
  • Cristela Alonzo
    <strong>2014:</strong> Cristela Alonzo started in standup before becoming the first Latina woman to create, write and star in
    Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP
    2014: Cristela Alonzo started in standup before becoming the first Latina woman to create, write and star in her own show. That would be the ABC comedy "Cristela." Despite the show being relegated to Friday nights, Alonzo has garnered a fervent new fan base.

    2015: "Cristela" was picked up for a full season in November.
  • Jack Falahee
    <strong>2014:</strong> Before "How to Get Away with Murder," Jack Falahee was a Lyft driver. Now he's helping the show to bre
    Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP
    2014: Before "How to Get Away with Murder," Jack Falahee was a Lyft driver. Now he's helping the show to break barriers with its frank depictions of gay sex. He was also seen opposite Nicolas Cage in the critical dud "Rage."

    2015: "HTGAWM" returns for six more episodes on Jan. 29. In September, Falahee will appear in the delayed Natalie Portman vehicle "Jane Got a Gun." If the Terrence Howard-Thomas Haden Church indie "Cardboard Boxer" opens this year, look for Falahee there, too.
  • Jaeden Lieberher
    <strong>2014:</strong> Jaeden Lieberher had to share the screen with Melissa McCarthy and Bill Murray, yet he was still the b
    Evan Agostini/Invision/AP
    2014: Jaeden Lieberher had to share the screen with Melissa McCarthy and Bill Murray, yet he was still the best part of "St. Vincent."

    2015: Lieberher, 12, plays the young version Chris Evans' character in the rom-com "Playing It Cool," which is eyeing a first-quarter release. Then look for Lieberher among the all-star ensemble in the still-untitled rom-com from "Almost Famous" and "Jerry Maguire" director Cameron Crowe, opening May 29. Lieberher joins Michael Shannon, Kirsten Dunst and Adam Driver in November's "Midnight Special," playing a kid with supernatural powers. "Nebraska" scribe Bob Nelson's comedy "The Confirmation," in which Lieberher plays Clive Owen's son, is currently in production.
  • Allison Tolman
    <strong>2014:</strong> No one knew Allison Tolman's name until fans of FX's "Fargo" fawned over her as Deputy Molly Solverson
    Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP
    2014: No one knew Allison Tolman's name until fans of FX's "Fargo" fawned over her as Deputy Molly Solverson, for which she earned an Emmy nomination. She later popped up in "Hello Ladies: The Movie" and as a romance writer who goes on a bad date with Adam Pally on "The Mindy Project."

    2015: Tolman is a nominee at Sunday's Golden Globes. After that, she'll join Aubrey Plaza, Judy Greer and Natasha Lyonne in the comedy "Fresno." Tolman will also topline the Christmas horror-comedy "Krampus," which opens Dec. 4.
  • Wyatt Russell
    <strong>2014:</strong> Wyatt Russell was a "22 Jump Street" highlight, playing one of the college jocks Channing Tatum befrie
    Arthur Mola /Invision/AP
    2014: Wyatt Russell was a "22 Jump Street" highlight, playing one of the college jocks Channing Tatum befriends while undercover. If you were one of the few people who saw the well-received crime drama "Cold in July," you'll remember Russell as the felon Freddy. He also appeared in the horror flick "At the Devil's Door."

    2015: Russell was slated to play a young Duane Allman in the Greg Allman biopic "Midnight Rider," but production was suspended after an on-set train collision killed a camera assistant. Instead, he'll pop up in "That's What I'm Talking About," Richard Linklater's recently wrapped "spiritual sequel" to "Dazed and Confused" and "Boyhood" (if it opens this year).
HuffPost

BEFORE YOU GO

PHOTO GALLERY
The Best Movies Of 2014
CONVERSATIONS