celebrity movie archive – You’re not alone in thinking you’ve seen a lot of Dwayne Johnson recently: While the first one is still in theaters, the pro-wrestler-turned-actor has recently launched his second popcorn film in three months.
According to ComScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian, “if you look up ‘international superstar’ in the dictionary, Johnson’s name is there.”
Johnson is one of ten actors who made USA TODAY’s list of Hollywood’s most in-demand performers. Tiffany Haddish, who has important roles in eight films in 2018 and 2019, and Margot Robbie, who has six, are among them.
Their pervasiveness made us wonder: who else is at the top of the list? We assessed actors’ recent starring film roles, upcoming projects, and page visits using casting and search data from Movie Insider and IMDb, with name recognition taken into account.
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Our list covers Oscar winners, action stars, independent film stars/producers, and character performers, albeit there are also significant gaps in our findings, which is unsurprising. This list, like the movie industry, is still skewed white and male. Two men have also been accused of abusive behavior against women, but this does not appear to have harmed their ability to get jobs.
But there’s cause to be optimistic in the coming years: Haddish, one of three women and three people of color in our top 10, was relatively unknown just a few months ago.
“What jumps out is that this group of actors is truly cross-generational,” adds Dergarabedian, “a combination of old school and new school, with some representing multiple decades in the field alongside vibrant young stars who are quite early in their careers.” “Given the impressive and growing importance of women both behind and in front of the camera, future lists of this nature will almost certainly include more female creatives.”
1. James Franco
What you may have seen him in recently: Franco received a Golden Globe for best actor in a comedy for his role in “The Disaster Artist,” which he co-starred in with his brother, Dave. In May, he starred as a warlord in the film “Future World,” which received a drubbing from critics (zero percent positive ratings) on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.
“Spider-Man 3” (2007) had the highest opening weekend gross of $151.1 million.
He has a few indie projects lined up for the coming year, including the action film “Blood Heist,” which he will star in. He’ll also provide his voice to the all-star cast of “Naya Legend of the Golden Dolphin” as James the Bottlenose Dolphin.
We can’t get enough of him because: It’s difficult to come to an agreement on this one: Franco has a wide range of mustachioed arthouse weirdos under his belt. He also does a lot of TV work (most notably appearing in HBO’s “The Deuce”), but he made our list solely on the strength of his film accomplishments. However, he has been accused of inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by a number of women. (Franco claims the allegations are false.)
What you’ve seen him in recently: The summer action films “Skyscraper” and “Rampage,” both of which are currently in theaters.
The biggest picture office debut was “Furious 7” (2015), which grossed $147.2 million.
What are your next responsibilities? How much time do you have? Johnson will appear in the wrestling drama “Fighting With My Family” (which will be released on March 1) and the Disneyland ride “Jungle Cruise” (which will be released on October 11, 2019). He’s also in preproduction for his “Fast & Furious” spinoff “Hobbs & Shaw” (due out next July), a sequel to “Jumanji” (due out Dec. 13, 2019), and four more projects. He’ll also play the lead in the DC supervillain film “Black Adam,” which is still in the works. And perhaps he’ll get some rest soon.
2. Dwayne Johnson
We can’t get enough of him because: With a combination of amazing athleticism and superb comedic timing, Johnson is the ideal action star. His vigor is infectious: We all want to be him, be best friends with him, and see him in the White House with Tom Hanks (another name on this list) as his running mate.
“When he joins anycast, he is a franchise booster due to his unshakable work ethic and persistent marketing efforts on behalf of his films, and possesses the physical presence to reinforce his image as a bigger-than-life action hero,” Dergarabedian said.
3. Octavia Spencer
What you’ve seen her in recently: Spencer was nominated for her third Academy Award for her supporting performance in “The Shape of Water” last year. She also appeared in the faith-based “The Shack” and the sleeper success “Gifted” (alongside Chris Evans).
“Zootopia” (2016) had the biggest opening weekend, with $75.1 million.
Her next project is an adaption of the play “Lucy,” which explores racism and privilege in America, in which she will portray the titular character’s teacher. She’ll also play a social worker in Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne’s effort to adopt three children in the comedy “Instant Family.”
Why we can’t get enough of her: With an Academy Award win and two nominations in the category, Spencer is Hollywood’s go-to supporting actress. She’s played everything from a nurse to a neighbor, and we can’t wait to see her in a leading part.
4. Margot Robbie
Last year, Robbie starred as Tonya Harding’s wife, Daphne, in the Tonya Harding film “I, Tonya,” and as author A.A. Milne’s wife, Daphne, in “Goodbye Christopher Robin.”
The biggest box office debut was “Suicide Squad” (2016), which grossed $133.7 million.
Next up, Robbie will play Queen Elizabeth I in “Mary Queen of Scots,” opposite Saoirse Ronan (Dec. 7). She’s also set to reprise her role as Harley Quinn in a number of upcoming DC Comics films.
We can’t get enough of her because Robbie’s acting toolkit is diverse, ranging from over-the-top characters like Naomi in “The Wolf of Wall Street” to calmer roles like Flopsy in “Peter Rabbit.” “Few of her peers can match Robbie’s depth, grit, and edge (and) has a fantastic eye for interesting stuff,” Dergarabedian says. “Definitely one to keep an eye on.”
5. Nicolas Cage
What you’ve seen him in recently: Although Cage’s popularity is more strongly associated with his parts in the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s, he still has a full film schedule. In February, he played in the thriller “Looking Glass,” and earlier this summer, he acted in the action film “211.”
“Ghost Rider” (2007) had the biggest opening weekend, with $45.4 million.
Next projects: Nicolas Cage starred in “Mandy,” a psychedelic horror film in which his character must save a woman from a violent cult, in a very typical Nicolas Cage role (Sept. 14). He’ll also provide his voice to the upcoming animated film “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” which will feature Spider-Men from several parallel realities. He plays Superman in “Teen Titans GO! to the Movies” (July 27), years after he was notably cast as the Man of Steel in Tim Burton’s canceled Superman film.
6. Tiffany Haddish
What have you seen her in recently: Haddish, who is still a rising star in Hollywood, is best known for her performance as Dina in last summer’s “Girls Trip,” and is currently in cinemas in “Uncle Drew.” She also just hosted “Saturday Night Live,” when she donned the same Alexander McQueen gown she wore to the “Girls Trip” premiere for her monologue.
The biggest box office debut was “Girls Trip” (2017), which grossed $31.2 million.
Next up are the following roles: Prepare to see a lot more of Haddish in the future: She has supporting roles in seven more films set to be released this year or next. She’ll appear in “Night School,” a comedy starring Kevin Hart, and provide her voice to “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part,” both of which will be released on September 28. (Feb. 8).
We can’t get enough of her because: Her charisma and enthusiasm are out of this planet. Haddish is unashamedly herself, commanding a room with her natural delivery and impeccable comedic timing. “A rare talent,” says Dergarabedian, “and someone to watch in the coming years.”
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