Once again, this fall will see the release of tons of exciting new movies, both big and small. There’s a lot you won’t want to miss and with so many faces floating around on those screens, it can be a bit overwhelming.
As a way to maximize your movie enjoyment, we wanted to point out some fresh faces you’ll want to pay attention to. Below are 10 people (both real & fictional) who Hollywood will be talking a lot about in the next few months. So mark your calendars & get ready to meet film’s faces of fall.
It’s been quite some time since we’ve seen a clean-shaven Joaquin on screen. Four years have passed since his last true film role in the under-seen Two Lovers (he took some time off to explore a fake rap career for I’m Still Here) and audiences have begun wondering if he, in fact, is still here.
He is set to make his comeback this fall in a buzzed about leading role in Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master, a film about an enigmatic and charming cult leader (played by Phillip Seymour Hoffman) who tries to take Phoenix’s former soldier under his wing. The role is said to be a game-changer and one that will hopefully ensure that Phoenix sticks with his day job at least a little while longer.
Joaquin will wow in The Master beginning September 14th (limited)
Though still a fairly new commodity in Hollywood, Rian Johnson has accumulated quite a loyal base of fans and supporters. His first two features, Brick and The Brothers Bloom, demonstrated that he has a knack for creating unique, compelling narratives and his stints in the director’s chair for TV’s Breaking Bad have lead to two of the shows’ most nail-biting episodes.
His upcoming third feature film, Looper, is a time-traveling actioner about a hitman who’s next target just so happens to be his future self. Though his willingness to tackle heady sci-fi subjects and his fondness of Joseph Gordon-Levitt have garnered him comparisons to Christopher Nolan, Johnson is a talent all his own and certainly has a bright future ahead.
Rian’s film Looper opens September 28th
Maybe it’s the accent, but somehow this Aussie can wring laughs out of any line she delivers. Since her breakout role as the hilariously awkward roommate in Bridesmaids, Wilson has been working nonstop to make Rebel a household name in North America. Up next, you can find her playing Fat Amy in October’s a cappella comedy Pitch Perfect.
One view of the trailer and it becomes clear: Wilson is a scene-stealer, even when she’s belting the high notes. The movie could wind up as just a big screen version of Glee, but if more roles for Wilson means more late night talk show appearances where she shows off her insane hip hop flow, then we are in for a treat.
Rebel works it in Pitch Perfect, in theaters October 2nd
Nope, that’s not a typo. Scoot (not Scott) McNairy may sound unfamiliar, but it’s more than likely than you’ve seen him before. Working hard in countless small roles on TV shows and indie movies since 2001, McNairy will finally be having his moment this fall.
One week we’ll see him as an American refugee in 1970’s Iran in Ben Affleck’s true-life thriller Argo and the following week he’ll appear as an amateur thief in the Brad Pitt-starring crime flick Killing Them Softly.
Both films have made their premieres on the festival circuit earlier this year and word from critics is that McNairy gives stand-out, star-making performances in both.
Scoot gives us a one-two punch with Argo opening on October 12th and Killing Them Softly on October 19th (limited)
Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Though she’ll always be pink-haired (or blue-haired… or green) Ramona Flowers from Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World in my heart, Mary Elizabeth Winstead is quickly proving that she’s so much more than a roller-skating dream girl.
Her new film, Smashed, tells the story of a perpetually drunk married couple whose relationship begins to fall apart when one of them gets sober.
As the half of the couple that tries to quit, Winstead looks extremely promising in a demanding role that takes her from the highs of drunken nights out with her hubby, to the lows of being hungover at work.
Joined by a bevy of well-loved television actors (Jesse Pinkman! Ron Swanson! Karen Walker!), Winstead will be sure to make Smashed one you won’t want to miss.
Mary’s film Smashed premieres October 12th (limited)
Gangster Tom Hanks
Cloud Atlas made the internet aware of its’ existence with a sprawling, beautiful six minute trailer that showcased its eclectic cast and its ambitious plot that weaves together six completely different stories.
The trailer introduces us to a lot of people and places, but all anyone can seem to talk about is the two-second shot of Tom Hanks dressed as a modern-day British gangster. And really, if that isn’t enough to get you to see the movie, I don’t know what is.
This film adaptation of the much-loved novel by David Mitchell is so epic that it could easily be a disaster, but Hanks and the rest of the cast seem to be getting a kick out of playing dress-up, so it will definitely be a must-see of the fall season.
Tom Hanks, the original gangster, will star in Cloud Atlas, out October 26th
In another jam-packed year of animation, Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph is shaping up to be the true stand-out of the bunch. Like Toy Story before it, the film imagines what the lives of our favorite video game characters are like when we’re not around to play.
The titular character, Wreck-It Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly), is a Donkey Kong-esque “bad guy” who sets out on a cross-console journey in an attempt to, for once in his life, become the hero.
The inclusion of iconic characters like Bowser and Qbert will surely excite the gaming crowd, but the stellar voice cast (Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, and Jane Lynch all join in the fun) and eye-popping visuals will make this a treat for everyone.
Wreck-It Ralph bursts onto the scene on November 2nd
Bond, James Bond
The world’s greatest spy is back! And just in time for his film franchise’s 50th birthday. The newest film, Skyfall, will be celebrating the occasion in style with Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes at the helm.
So far, all signs point to an instant classic in the echelon of Bond films. Daniel Craig and Judi Dench return and are joined by an aces cast including Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, and Javier Bardem as the villain Silva (who’s blonde frock gives Anton Chigurh’s bowl-cut some competition for creepiest hair).
Most of the plot has been kept under wraps, but that’s how we like our Bond anyway: mysterious. And shaken, not stirred, of course.
James Bond will return in Skyfall on November 9th
Abraham Lincoln: Oscar Hunter
America’s favorite top-hat sporting president returns to theaters for the second time this year, not to slay vampires, but to rake in some trophies this coming awards season. Though director Steven Spielberg’s last film, War Horse, left the Oscars empty-handed, he seems to have quite the thoroughbred on his hands with November’s Lincoln.
Giving us a snapshot of the president’s life near the end of the Civil War, this biographical drama features acting virtuoso Daniel Day-Lewis as Honest Abe.
If that’s not enough, the pedigreed film also has Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon Levitt, and Sally Field in crucial roles and a prestigious crew behind-the-scenes, including 47-time Oscar nominee John Williams composing the score. Without a doubt, this will be one of the fall’s most talked-about films.
Abe will get the grand opus he deserves with Lincoln, out November 9th (limited)
One of the world’s most important literary figures is once more a hot commodity in Hollywood. His classic tale of love and betrayal, Anna Karenina, will again be adapted for the screen, this time by director Joe Wright with Keira Knightley in the lead role.
But don’t go brushing this off as another corseted snooze-fest; hot off the heels of 2011’s rollicking teen-assassin flick Hanna, Wright is injecting his new film with his signature visual panache.
In this surrealist take on the story, most of the action takes place on a stage in a old Russian theater that constantly shifts shapes and literally bends at the whim of the director. Though he may have passed over 200 years ago, Tolstoy has never looked better.
The adaptation of Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina hits theaters November 16th (limited)