Rising Stars of 2011

The year has barely begun, but there is already a group of up-and-comers. From Elle Fanning in Super 8 to Rooney Mara in Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, see pictures of the ones to watch 2011.

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Elle Fanning

Younger sister to Dakota Fanning, Elle has made a name for herself both for her performance in Somewhere, and for her adorable fashion sense. She was christened an “It girl” in 2011 – and from the looks of it, things won’t change when she turns 13. She’s currently filming Super 8, Steven Spielberg’s upcoming sci-fi thriller, which is set for release in summer 2011. Fanning has also signed on to Vivaldi, which tells the story of the composer’s life, —and We Bought a Zoo, the story of a family that moves to the English countryside, which also stars Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson.

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Rooney Mara

Although Rooney Mara had a number of independent films under her belt, 2010 proved to be a big year for the 25-year-old actress. In the opening scene of the 2010’s critically acclaimed The Social Network, Mara broke up with the Mark Zuckerberg, the film’s Antihero – which serves as the impetus for his invention of Facebook. And perhaps in the biggest casting derby of the year, Rooney landed the role of Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher’s adaptation of Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, which is set for release in December 2011.

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Chloe Moretz

This is one 13-year-old you won’t want to mess with: in 2010, Chloe Moretz kicked ass as Hit Girl in Kick Ass and a possessed girl next door in Let Me In. And she has plenty to look forward to: she’ll appear alongside Sam Worthington in The Fields; will star in Jude Law film Hugo Cabaret, and is currently filming Kick Ass 2: Balls to the Wall.

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Mia Wasikowska

At just 21 years old, Mia Wasikowska is already bringing home the bacon: Forbes ranked her as the second highest grossing actor in Hollywood, just behind Leonardo DiCaprio. She made big bucks in 2010 in her role as Alice in Alice and Wonderland, which brought in $1.03 billion in the box office. But her role as Joni in The Kids Are Alright with Annette Benning and Julianne Moore sealed her in the Hollywood spotlight. Wasikowska will star as the lead in Jane Eyre, and is filming Rodrigo García’s upcoming project Albert Nobbs, alongside Aaron Johnson.

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Emma Stone

She made a name for herself in Superbad, and recently struck gold as the star of 2010’s Easy A. But Emma Stone is set to branch out in 2011. Next summer, Stone will star in an adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s bestselling novel The Help, Friends with Benefits alongside Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis – and she’ll play Gwen Stacy in the upcoming Spider-Man Reboot.

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Jennifer Lawrence

Sitcoms are a thing of the past for Jennifer Lawrence, who had been known for her role as daddy’s little girl role on TBS’ The Bill Engvall Show. As a teenager, Lawrence starred alongside Charlize Theron and Kim Basinger in 2008’s The Burning Plain. Now Lawrence is making waves as a polished young actress as the lead, Ree Dolly, in Winter’s Bone. 20-year-old Lawrence is now prepping to play Raven Darkholme in X-Men: First Class. She will also appear in Mel Gibson’s much-anticipated upcoming film, The Beaver, which is due out next spring.

Henry Hooper

Henry Hopper may have just landed his first film role in Gus Van Sant’s upcoming project Restless -- but the 20-year-old is already an old pro. He’s the son of the late Dennis Hopper, and had his first gallery show of paintings at age 18. Hopper has said that he draws on his experiences in visual art when he creates his characters. He has said that in creating his characters, he “explores the images that exist at the very root of myself … it’s about liberation, man—going all the way there.”

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Josh Hutcherson

Though he previously had only kids’ movies on his resume, 18-year-old Josh Hutcherson landed on Hollywood’s radar in 2010 in the role of Laser in The Kids Are All Right. A Kentucky native, Hutcherson was in the running to replace Tobey Maguire in the Spiderman reboot set to start filming in 2011, but ultimately lost the role to Andrew Garfield. But Hutcherson’s already moved on: he’ll be starring in the remake of the 1984 cult classic Red Dawn, set for release in 2011.

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Emily Browning

Before 2010, Emily Browning was famous for two things: her starring role in Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events and turning down the role of Bella Swan in Twilight. Although she has received flack from Twilight’s die-hard fans, Browning is set to make it without the help of the mega-franchise. She stars in Zack Snyder’s new 3-D fare Sucker Punch, which has already been called the “first must-see movie of 2011.” Browning also signed on to star in Julia Leigh’s Australian remake of Sleeping Beauty.

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Mary Elizabeth Winstead

Mary Elizabeth Winstead has already made a name for herself in Quentin Tarantino’s 2007 film Grindhouse and Len Wiseman’s Live Free or Die Hard. But shortly before she hit theatres opposite Michael Cera in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, the 26-year-old Winstead was also named as “in the running” for the lead role in the romantic comedy The F Word, opposite Casey Affleck. Also in 2011, Winstead will star in The Thing, a film prelude to John Carpenter’s 1982 classic, which is due out next fall.