Ryan Gosling (Drive)
The indie favorite takes the wheel in this high-speed caper.
Taylor Lautner (Abduction)
Lautner took his first big step outside of the Twilight realm in this action film.
Brad Pitt (Moneyball)
Pitt fills a movie that revolves around stats and percentages with just the right amount of emotion.
George Clooney (The Ides of March, The Descendants)
It’s not so far-fetched to think of Clooney as the too-good-to-be-true candidate he embodies in his political thriller, The Ides of March. Later this year he’ll play a man set adrift by a recent revelation in The Descendants.
Hugh Jackman (Real Steel)
Never mind the big metal robots doing the fighting. Jackman makes this film a father-son tale about a washed-up boxer and his estranged boy.
Leonardo DiCaprio (J. Edgar)
DiCaprio dons prosthetic makeup to portray the FBI head honcho from the time of his ascent to power in the 1920s through his death in 1972.
Adam Sandler (Jack and Jill)
A leading role in a single gender wasn’t enough for the funny man. Sandler plays both a man and his obnoxious twin sister.
The heartthrob gives fans a whole new take on their beloved vampire with the next installation of the Twilight series.
Robert Downey Jr. (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows)
Downey is back as the world’s most famous detectives, taking on Professor Moriarty in this Guy Ritchie-directed sequel.
Tom Cruise (Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol)
Once again Cruise’s Ethan Hunt leads his IMF team on a world-saving mission that the United States has promised to disavow.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt (50/50)
Fan favorite JGL brings the pathos and the humor to this cancer/buddy tale.
Matt Damon (We Bought a Zoo)
Well-known for his action films, Damon slows down the pace, playing a man who buys a zoo and moves his family there.
Daniel Craig (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo)
No suave James Bond here. Craig gets gritty as the steely investigative journalist at the center of the Stieg Larsson trilogy.
Ben Stiller (Tower Heist)
Stiller heads up a group of disgruntled employees looking from some greenbacks as well as payback.
Michael Fassbender (Shame, A Dangerous Method)
A quick look at these two Fassbender choices is enough to make you go hmmmm: in the film festival darling Shame, he’s a sex addict about to fall off a cliff and in the other he’s the father of psychoanalysis himself, Sigmund Freud.