Jeffrey Wright
Credit: Jeffrey Wright: Isabel Snyder/CORBIS OUTLINE

It’s time that Jeffrey Wright became a star

WHERE YOU KNOW HIM FROM Shaft (2000), where he played Dominican drug kingpin Peoples Hernandez

WHERE ELSE? He’s Bill Murray’s nosy neighbor Winston in Broken Flowers (2005) and ’80s art-world sensation Jean Michel Basquiat in Basquiat (1996).

MUST-SEE ROLE Wright plays three characters, most notably, the fierce and compassionate nurse Belize, in HBO’s Angels in America (2003).

WHY HE SHOULD BE A STAR Wright’s a shape-shifter who all but disappears into his roles.

NEXT He’s an oil company lawyer in the Middle East spy thriller Syriana (in theaters), and he appears opposite Paul Giamatti in next year’s M. Night Shyamalan drama Lady in the Water.