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Jai Courtney broke onto the action scene alongside a seasoned vet of the genre, Bruce Willis. In A Good Day to Die Hard, Courtney plays John McClane's grown son, an undercover CIA agent stationed in Moscow. Courtney more than keeps up with Willis, and in fact, makes him look his age. Could the next Die Hard installment (insert "the movie franchise that won't die" joke here) see young McClane take over the throne from his retired dad? We'll have to wait and see, but look out for Courtney up next in another big franchise, Divergent.
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Also headed for Divergent — and stardom — is Theo James, who previously flexed his action chops in Underworld: Awakening alongside Kate Beckinsale. He will have a new leading lady in Divergent, as the love interest of Shailene Woodley's Tris Prior. Divergent is expected to explode to Hunger Games and Twilight proportions, as the young-adult genre continues to dominate the box office, so Robert Pattinson better watch out.
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You know her from Steven Soderbergh's action-thriller Haywire, but what many people may not know is that before entering the film business, Gina Carano was a professional MMA fighter. Needless to say, she was made for action roles. With her real-life martial arts skills, Carano injected her performance in Haywire with realism and authenticity, breaking the mold for female action stars everywhere. After this year's In the Blood, Carano will next collaborate with Adi Shankar, who's responsible for movies like Dredd and The Grey.
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He may already be a household name because of his much-publicized relationship with Miley Cyrus, but this young actor's career is also entering the spotlight. In addition to playing Katniss's love interest Gale in the mega franchise The Hunger Games, Hemsworth has a slew of movies coming out in 2014. If he isn't already a superstar by then, his 2014 adventure film Arabian Nights, also starring Anthony Hopkins, will certainly cement his status.
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Rinko Kikuchi crashed onto the scene with her critically lauded performance in Babel as a deaf teenage girl in Tokyo. Her raw performance in Babel confirmed her acting skills, but this summer's Pacific Rim proved that she can also kick ass. She went head to head with Charlie Hunnam in combat practice (and beat him), and next up she will join Keanu Reeves in 47 Ronin, the highly anticipated samurai vengeance tale, set for a Christmas 2013 release.