Hollywood works on a different clock than the normal world. Some things are done for the sake of entertainment that makes one shake their head and either say,” Too soon” or “Really?”.
Exhibit A of a “Too Soon” moment: Michael Jackson dies. Within a year, a Jackson5 world tour is being organized. Exhibit B of a “Really?” moment: Megan Fox is given the title of the next Angelina Jolie in her first featured acting role.. for having similar physical attributes, not similar ‘talent’. Exhibit C of a “Too Soon” and “Really?” moment: The bombing of the twin towers. Within a year, a 9/11 movie is made.
But is it too soon to talk about the inevitable replacements of the getting-older era of actors in Hollywood? It’s happening people! The hiring of younger talent, to pose as, for, or in the place of older talent. When you start to see less of George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise and Leonardo, you can look forward to seeing more of one of these strapping young men…
Ryan Gosling. Based on talent, not looks necessarily – The next George Clooney. Four years after playing a small part in “Remember The Titans”, he hit the jackpot with the film “The Notebook”. Since then he has been in many other notable projects, and has made interesting role selections that have not only been a perfect match, but show his range. And speaking of Clooney, Gosling will actually co-star alongside him this September in the movie “Ides Of March”.
Zac Efron. Based on looks and talent – The Brad Pitt/Tom Cruise hybrid. He’s on the right track with his first few big screen debuts, all he’s missing is an action thriller type role, then there’s no stopping this boy wonder. He really delivered on “Me & Orson Welles”, especially playing opposite seasoned actors Claire Danes and Christian McKay, he wasn’t intimidated and his acting was impressively convincing. Efron was also said to be initially approached for a role in the remake of “Footloose”.
No one wants to say it out loud but James Franco is filling that void Heath Ledger’s death caused. (Too soon?) I would even go as far as to say he will be the next Johnny Depp. He is also probably the only one out of all these young men who, if he didn’t act tomorrow, would have hundreds of others things to choose from as a career. Franco is known for his many college degrees in higher education and heavy involvement in all sorts of artsy-passion projects. Brilliant and fearless on camera, and off.
This may be a stretch now, but only time will tell. If given a chance and the right challenging roles, I believe Robert Pattinson could be the next Leonardo DiCaprio. Since “Twilight”, he’s been part of some pretty mediocre/type-cast stuff. But I really believe there is more to this pale, shy, crack head act he puts on most of the time. He has a great look, and great potential, but he has to challenge himself with more outside-of-the-box roles.
As a side note: there are a few ‘uniques’ to mention, that won’t necessarily replace any top older actors per say, but do have real talent & are worth keeping an eye on: Michael Cera and Andrew Garfield.