Chris EvansYou probably don't recognize the name, but 29 year old Chris Evans has already appeared in 18 movies, more than a few that you've likely already seen.
Although she's been acting since 2001, Elle's early career featured mostly bit parts and scenes playing a younger version of her sister. Her first independent role came in the 2003 Eddie Murphy bomb "Daddy Day Care." She followed that with prominent roles in the 2004 film "A Door In the Floor," starring Jeff Bridges and Kim Basinger, and 2007's "Reservation Road," starring Joaquin Phoenix and Jennifer Connelly.
Prior to that, the Australian born actor only had TV roles to his credit, the biggest of which came on the Australian soap opera "Home and Away."
Huntington Whiteley's character, Carly, replaces Megan Fox's Mikaela Banes as the female lead in the final film in the Transformers trilogy.
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It will happen again this summer when several unknowns take on the biggest role of their career and suddenly move from the C list to A list celebrity. Here are five actors you might not know now, but will know before the summer is over.
It happened in 2007 when Megan Fox took on the role of Mikaela Banes in Michael Bay's "Transformers." It happened again in the summer of 2009 when Chris Pine Nike Metcon Black And Bronze
Bad news for her, good news for Huntington Whiteley, who is most widely known as a Victoria's Secret model. She met Bay while he was filming a commercial for the lingerie giant.
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He's also had runs on some much lighter fare "Baywatch" and the short lived Fox prime time soap "North Shore" but that will likely be all behind him following his breakout summer.
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territory. Momoa cut his teeth in the genre playing Ronon Dex on the Syfy series "Stargate: Atlantis" from 2005 2008 and more recently played Khal Drogo on HBO's "Game of Thrones."
Rosie Huntington WhiteleyShe's never done any acting, but Rosie Huntington Whiteley will get a prime spot battling giant robots alongside Shia LeBeouf in the third installment of the Transformers franchise, "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," hitting theaters July 1.
Chris HemsworthThe summer's first superhero movie, "Thor" (coming May 6), features Chris Hemsworth as the god of thunder in this adaptation from Marvel Comics. Abrams' "Star Trek" reboot.
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both "Fantastic Four" movies, in which he played the ever cocky Human Torch, Johnny Storm.
Later this year, Elle will appear in "We Bought a Zoo," directed by Cameron Crowe ("Almost Famous") and starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson.
stepped into the shoes of James T. Abrams' "Star Trek."
Fox played Banes in the first two Transformers films, "Transformers" and "Transformers: Rise of the Fallen," but was dropped from the third after referring to director Michael Bay as Hitler and Napoleon during an interview.
Elle FanningShe's mostly known as Dakota Fanning's younger sister, but that will change with two major projects on the horizon. Abrams and produced by Steven Spielberg.
Momoa will star as Conan in a remake of the film that transformed Schwarzenegger from the bodybuilder with the funny accent to action star, "Conan the Barbarian" (Aug. 19).
Jason MomoaYou've probably never heard the name Jason Momoa, but you'll know it by the time summer is over. The Hawaiian born actor is stepping into a really big pair of shoes those of Arnold Schwarzenegger.
He'll also play the same role in "The Avengers," set to be released in 2012. Taking on one of Marvel Nike Lebron 11 Everglades For Sale Comics' most iconic heroes should transform Evans' from that guy who played Johnny Storm to household name.
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You'll get to see more of Hemsworth later this year in the horror flick "Cabin In the Woods" and the remake of "Red Dawn," where he'll take on the role of Jed Eckert, played by Patrick Swayze in the original.
If you look at Evans' roles, you quickly realize he's normally part of an ensemble cast. Well, no more! Evans will get plenty of screen time this summer while tackling his biggest role to date in "Captain America: The First Avenger," which debuts July 22.
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