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Ten Stars To Watch in 2013

Jennifer Joh |
January 3, 2013 | 3:30 a.m. PST

Staff Reporter

Rebel Wilson (Eva Rinaldi/Creative Commons)
Rebel Wilson (Eva Rinaldi/Creative Commons)

The last 12 months have seen a rise in talent in the entertainment industry, with ticket sales going up and an increasing interest in music beyond the mainstream. You've seen seasoned actors like Christian Bale and A-listers like Ryan Gosling and Andrew Garfield take over the big screen. You've heard and fallen in love with new music from Imagine Dragons, Taylor Swift, and Kendrick Lamar. Expectations for 2013 are even higher now, and everyone is fighting for the spotlight. Get ready for these ten especially promising stars, who boast high-profile projects and guarantee a dynamic year for music, film, and television. 

1. Rebel Wilson

You met her in 2011's hit comedy Bridesmaids, and she dazzled you as Fat Amy in this year's feel-good favorite, Pitch Perfect. She was named one of Forbes' brightest actors under 30, and 2013 promises to be a big year for the hilarious 26-year-old Australian actress and comedian. Rebel Wilson is set to continue her rise to fame, leading the way to become the year's biggest star. She'll be hosting the MTV Movie Awards in April and is currently working on her own sitcom series called Super Fun Night for ABC. Another project she's lined up is a role in Michael Bay's upcoming movie, Pain & Gain. 

2. Angel Haze
Based in New York, this 21-year-old rapper raised in Detroit, Michigan definitely could give Nicki Minaj a run for her money. She is this year's next big thing in music, coming in third on BBC's Sound of 2013 list. After a breakout year in 2012 signing with Universal Republic, Haze kicks off the new year with a collaboration with Azealia Banks and an upcoming debut album. She hopes to work with big-name artists such as Frank Ocean, The Weeknd, and Jason Mraz. 

3. AnnaSophia Robb
Most acclaimed for her roles in Bridge to Terabithia, Soul Surfer and Race to Witch Mountain, Robb is poised to fill big shoes this year: she'll be playing the teenage version of a role made famous by Sarah Jessica Parker in CW's next big series, The Carrie Diaries. Produced by the creators of Gossip Girl (Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage), the show is a prequel to Sex and the City and chronicles the teenage life of Carrie Bradshaw.

4. Henry Cavill
Once deemed the "unluckiest man in Hollywood," Cavill has finally snatched the grand opportunity to star in Superman's big return in the much-anticipated movie, Man of Steel. All eyes are on the 29-year-old British heartthrob as we await this retelling of the iconic comic book hero's life in June.

The Los Angeles Times named the trio of sisters one "face to watch in 2013." These pop-rock singing siblings went on a sold-out tour in Europe and are anticipating the release of their debut album, currently untitled, in the spring. The tracks they have released so far, such as "Forever" and "Don't Save Me," combine synth pop reminiscent of the '80s with a spunky R&B twist.

6. Jayme Dee
A native of Southern California, the 21-year-old retro-pop singer and songwriter found her origins on Youtube, where she uploaded covers of popular mainstream songs. She now has a growing fan base and has signed on with Universal Republic Records, in addition to taking a national tour with Owl City and landing a spot on the first Hunger Games soundtrack with "Rules."  This year, keep your eyes and ears peeled for her debut "Broken Record" EP. 

7. Dave Franco
James Franco's little brother gained some attention with his minor roles in Charlie St. Cloud, Fright Night, and 21 Jump Street. In June this year, he will be showing audiences his biggest role to date in Now You See Me, alongside costars Morgan Freeman, Isla Fisher, Jesse Eisenberg, Michael Caine, Mark Ruffalo and Woody Harrelson. He will also appear with Nicholas Hoult, another notable rising star, in Warm Bodies. 

8. Nicholas Hoult
The 22-year-old actor and model will achieve major stardom with appearances in three of this year's biggest films. He will star alongside Dave Franco as a zombie in Warm Bodies, a comedy to be released in February. A month later, in March, he will be playing the lead role of Jack in Jack the Giant Slayer. Later in the year, he will play the character of Nux in Mad Max: Fury Road, a remake of Mel Gibson's post-apocalyptic franchise. 2013 won't be the end for Hoult, however; in 2014, he will reprise the role of Beast in X-Men: Days of Future Past. 

9. Gabrielle Aplin
20-year-old British singer-songwriter gained a following online with her covers on Youtube. Since then, she has released three EPs and has toured the UK and Europe, as well as signing with Parlophone. Her cover of Frankie Goes to Hollywood's "The Power of Love," featured on John Lewis's Christmas ad, formed a foundation for musical success. It reached No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart in December 2012. Her second single "Please Don't Say You Love Me" is out in February, and a well-anticipated debut album is set for release this spring. 

10. Ben Barnes
Remember Prince Caspian from the sub-par sequel to the Chronicles of Narnia? That wasn't the last we saw of him. After being absent from mainstream audiences, Barnes is back to the big screen this year. He stars alongside Robert De Niro, Katherine Heigl, Diane Keaton, Susan Sarandon, Robin Williams and Amanda Seyfried in The Big Wedding, to be released in April. He then follows up with the lead role in The Seventh Son, a fantasy film released in October. Keep an eye out for him; I have a feeling he'll show up more often from now on. 

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