Top 10 Breakouts of Summer

The actors poised for star-making turns in warm-weather hits

Hayden Panettiere ("I Love You, Beth Cooper")
The invincible cheerleader on NBC's "Heroes" is poised for a leap to film stardom as the titular object of affection in "I Love You, Beth Cooper," from director Chris Columbus ("Harry Potter").

Joseph Gordon-Levitt ("500 Days of Summer," "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra")
Playing a lovelorn greeting card writer and Cobra commander in the span of about a month, Gordon-Levitt gets the award for most versatile actor of the summer. The one-two punch should elevate his star power far beyond his indie breakout role in 2005's "Brick."

Zoe Saldana ("Star Trek")
As Lt. Uhura in J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek" prequel, Saldana transitions from small roles in such films as "Vantage Point" and "Pirates of the Caribbean" to the love interest of Captain Kirk. Audiences should get familiar with her, she's starring in James Cameron's hotly anticipated "Avatar" this year.

Sam Worthington ("Terminator Salvation")
Christian Bale's obscenity-laden outburst has dominated the prerelease hype, but Aussie Worthington is the actor to watch in this film. His performance as a decommissioned Terminator whose existence plays a crucial role in John Connor's salvation of mankind could vault him onto the action A-list.

Anna Friel ("Land of the Lost")
Fresh from her turn on ABC's canceled "Pushing Daisies," Friel goes toe-to-toe with Will Ferrell, Danny McBride and hordes of dinosaurs in Brad Silberling's blockbuster update of the campy 1970s TV show.

Bradley Cooper ("The Hangover")
Cooper's strong supporting turns in such comedies as "Wedding Crashes" and "He's Just Not That Into You" has been rewarded with a starring role in Warner Bros.' Las Vegas comedy "The Hangover," which could do for Cooper what director Todd Phillips' "Old School" did for Luke Wilson.

Ayelet Zurer ("Angels & Demons")
Already one of Israel's most-acclaimed actresses, Zurer snagged the plum role opposite Tom Hanks in "Angels & Demons," director Ron Howard's prequel to "The Da Vinci Code."

Carey Mulligan ("Public Enemies")
She has a small part in director Michael Mann's gangster epic starring Johnny Depp, but it's just the first of many upcoming projects for Mulligan. Look for her this year in the Sundance hit "An Education" and in Jim Sheridan's "Brothers," and next year opposite Kiera Knightley in director Mark Romanek's "Never Let Me Go."

Maya Rudolph ("Away We Go")
Rudolph's first major film role since leaving NBC's "Saturday Night Live" last year could raise her profile considerably. She and John Krasinski play a couple traveling the country to find a place to raise a family in this rare comedy from "Revolutionary Road" director Sam Mendes.

Michael Douglas ("Ghosts of Girlfriends Past")
Douglas hardly needs a breakout performance. But his raunchy turn as Uncle Wayne, a washed-up 1970s playboy who mentors Matthew McConaughey in "Mean Girls" director Mark Waters' new spin on Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," could reinvent his image as a comedic actor.
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