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We all hate reading the headline “_your favorite star's name here__ Lands New Role in Upcoming Show/Movie!” Nothing spells disaster for Steven Yeun's character Glenn or Ricky Whittle's Lincoln more than them getting cast in role on another show or a movie. In Whittle's case, it had some to do with the alleged bullying from The 100 creator Jason Rothenberg, and also some to do with his role in the upcoming American Gods series. And for Yeun, well, it's all speculation for now, but it could mean he's leaving TWD.

There is just a plethora of up-and-coming actors and actresses that have an extremely bright future ahead of them. Their talent scores them all sorts of awesome roles on the big screen and little.

Here are a few of our favorites, and the big-name projects they all have coming up.

Let's just not jump to conclusions and think they're going to die off in their current shows. There's nothing wrong with holding down two jobs!

Ricky Whittle

Lincoln's end on The 100 was a surprise, and pretty damn disappointing. The character had loads of growing to do, but that's what happens when the creator of the show all the sudden hates you (allegedly). But Ricky came out on top, and he'll be starring in American Gods.

A quick rundown on the show from Wikipedia:

The series will focus on the mysterious Shadow, a man who is released from prison a few days early after serving a three year sentence for bank robbery when his beloved wife Laura is killed in a car accident. Flying home for the funeral, Shadow is seated next to a man who introduces himself only as Mr. Wednesday, and this man knows more about Shadow's life, both past and present, than is possible. Shadow comes to learn that Wednesday is, in fact, the god Odin of Norse mythology and that all of the gods that mankind has ever believed in are alive in human form and live among regular people. Shadow is soon thrust into a gathering conflict between the Old gods and the so-called "New gods", the gods of money and technology who believe there is no longer room on Earth for the old gods.

Devon Bostick

For being only 25, this guy has been around! He's been starring in shows and movies since 1998, when he was 7. While he's playing Jasper in The 100, he'll also be in the new movie Okja, filming now and coming out next year.

Here's a synopsis from

'Okja' will reportedly tell the story of a young South Korean girl who risks everything to prevent a powerful, multi-national company from kidnapping her best friend...a massive animal named Okja. The film will reportedly be bi-lingual with action set in Korea and fictional company's headquarters in New York.

Basically, a massive pig is on the loose and needs to be saved. Bostick will star alongside Jake Gyllenhaal, Lily Collins, Tilda Swinton, and a name nobody wants to hear...

Steven Yeun

Glenn, Glenn, Glenn. If the rumors are right, it looks like you won't have a dumpster to crawl under this time. But hey, if Lucille really did choose you, then at least you have the giant pig movie coming up! In addition to Okja, He also is set to play the lead role in Mayhem, coming out this year. He'll play Derek, a guy who is framed by a co-worker at the law firm he works at, and is wrongfully fired, all on the same day that a virus spreads in their building.

Sounds familiar, eh?

The virus makes people act out their wildest desires. Naturally, the building is quarantined, and Derek has to fight for his life against a deadly-ish virus, and probable some hyped up co-workers.

I doubt this will happen in Mayhem, but you never know...

Lauren Cohan

This lady has been one busy actress! She's proof that yes, an actor/actress can get cast in other roles while playing a HUGE role on a show like The Walking Dead. Lauren was in The Boy and Batman v Superman this year, all while also keeping her role as Maggie Greene in TWD.

She has one more project in line for this year, All Eyez on Me.

It's the story of the life of rapper Tupac Shakur, which she'll be starring in with Danai Gurira and Kat Graham, who coincidentally are the next two lovely ladies on this list!

Danai Gurira

The woman who brought us Michonne (and Richonne!) will be playing Tupac Shakur's mother, Afeni.

Also starring in All Eyez on Me will be this gal-

Kat Graham

Kat was cast as Jada Pinkett Smith in the upcoming documentary. She's best known as Bonnie from Vampire Diaries, where she plays quite possibly the hottest witch to ever show up on a television screen. Jada was a longtime friend of Tupac, meeting in high school and remaining friends until the rapper's untimely death.

Speaking of Vampire ever wonder what happened to Elena Gilbert/Katherine Pierce/ Amara?

Wonder no more!

Nina Dobrev

The first in a long line of disappointing departures from Vampire Diaries, Nina has been a little busy since leaving the show. She'll be starring as Marlo in the Flatliners remake, and as Hannah in Crash Pad. But to hell with those's the big one!

She'll be Becky in xXx: The Return of Xander Cage! Considering IMDB has her name above Vin Diesel in the casting order, I'd say Becky's role is a pretty damn significant one!

In 2005, Xander “died” in an “accident,” or something like that. All I remember is seeing the skin that had his “xXx” tattoo splatting on the ground. But guess what! He's alive! And he's back for a new adventure with Augustus Gibbons, played by Samuel L. Jackson once again.

On to the next Vampire Diaries star!

Zach Roerig

Better know as Matt Donovan, Zach has a couple new projects coming out this year. The Year of Spectacular Men (that's the title, not another name for this year...I think), and Rings, the third film in the Ring series.

Samara's back for a third time, in the U.S. Anyway. In Japan, apparently she's going to battle it out with the Grudge Girl and little underwear cat-boy, in what might be the weirdest shit ever to come out of Japan. And that's saying a lot!

No Matt Donovan in that one...thank goodness!

Jared Padalecki

This is more of a return to a huge role, but it's a new project for him either way. Jared, of Sam Winchester/Supernatural fame, played Dean Forester in Gilmore Girls from 2000-2005, a role that earned him a LOT of girly girl fans. After playing Sammy for the last 11 seasons, it's safe to say that pretty much every woman on the planet loves this guy, especially since he's returning for the Gilmore Girls: Seasons TV mini-series!

Grant Gustin

Now known as the fastes man alive, Grant has been The Flash for 2 awesomeness-filled seasons now, and with no end in sight (except for that dang movie coming out...Ezra Miller...really?). Grant will prove just how quick he can switch gears to star in his new movie, Krystal.

From IMDB:

A young man living a sheltered life develops a crush on a stripper and joins her Alcoholics Anonymous group just so he can be in the same room with her.

Alrighty, then. That's quite a bit different than The Flash, but at the same time, with a stripper in the movie, there might be some pretty heavy flashing going on.

It might not sound like much of a movie now, but with Rosario Dawson, William Fichtner, Kathy Bates, John Leguizamo, William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman starring in it, it's gotta be good!

Grant's co-star, and friend/mortal enemy in the show, also has something big coming up...

Teddy Sears

The second guy to show up on The Flash as Barry's friend-turned-enemy, Teddy plays Jay Garrick, Hunter Zolomon, Zoom and an alternate Flash. But considering his lineup for this year, one has to wonder how he does it all. Or, how he's going to die in the show, because he's looking to be one busy dude. His biggest starring role is coming up in the reboot of 24, namely 24: Legacy. He'll play Keith Mullins, the new head of CTU.

The show will be about a military hero who comes home, only to be followed by a crap load of trouble. He asks CTU to help him stay alive, while helping stop a terrorist attack.

Who is the playing the lead role in 24: Legacy, you ask?

Corey Hawkins

This kid is going places. Not only is he playing Heath in The Walking Dead, but nailed the role of Dr. Dre in Straight Outta Compton last year, was a Navy Op in Iron Man 3, and what is looking to be a HUGE moving coming out in 2017, he will play an unnamed role as of now in Kong: Skull Island. After King Kong damn near netted a CGI gorilla an Academy Award, Kong: Skull Island will probably do just as good in theaters, if not better. The cast is just as huge as it was in the first movie, including Samuel L. Jackson, John C. Reilly, John Goodman, and Loki himself!

Tom Hiddleston

A man that doesn't need very much introduction these days, Tom has been in a love-hate relationship with the world since Thor came out in 2011.

He did alright in the acting scene up until Thor, but has enjoyed quite a bit more success ever since becoming the god of mischief. He even played Hank Williams in I Saw the Light!

Tom isn't the only Asgardian who's been juggling other projects with his Avengers duties!

Chris Hemsworth

While Thor's adventures has been keeping him busy, Chris landed another, pretty stinking high-profile gig...Kevin the Secretary in the new Ghostbusters movie!

Let's end this list with one last cowabunga!

Stephen Amell

The guy we all now know as Oliver Queen, who has actually played him in 4 different tv shows in the last 4 years, will be trading in his bow and arrow for a hockey stick! He's going to be our new Casey Jones in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. Or as I like to call it, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: They Finally Did It Right. Casey Jones, Bebop, Rocksteady, Baxter Stockman, Krang and the's going to ROCK!

Do you have a favorite actor that's going to show up in something new and awesome! Spill it in the comments!


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