At #1 this year is that incredibly sexy Aussie import, Joel Edgerton. Edgerton is not yet a household name in the U.S., but he soon will be. At 36, Edgerton has been around for awhile, starting out on Australian t.v., and making his feature film debut in 1996. But he didn't come to the attention of American film audiences until 2002's "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones".
We first noticed Edgerton in last year's "Animal Kingdom", when we watched the movie simply to see why Jackie Weaver had received an Oscar nomination for the film. But then, in the middle of watching for Jackie Weaver, this guy, Joel Edgerton, came on the screen, and suddenly, we couldn't find ourselves watching anyone but Edgerton. He's one of those rare actors whose presence is so completely mesmerizing that you can't take your eyes from him. He's good looking, yes, but his presence and his charisma are palpable.
Edgerton followed his break-through in "Animal Kingdom" with a co-starring role in the super-testosterone-laden "Warrior", and then snagged the key role of Tom Buchanan in the new, upcoming "Great Gatsby" movie, opposite Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan. Edgerton is so smolderingly hot that he might be the first Tom Buchanan in Gatsby history to make audiences wonder why Daisy leaves Tom for the much-less sexy Leonardo DiCaprio as Gatsby. Following "Gatsby" will be Edgerton's starring role in a new action-thriller which tells the story of the killing of Osama Bin Laden.
So let us explain how this is going to come down. Edgerton has finally come to Hollywood's attention, and now he'll sizzle in a popular "women's" pic, ("Gatsby"), bringing the American female audience into his fold, which he'll then follow as the star of a mega-blockbuster kick-ass action movie, making him the new action hero star for the male audience. And at that point, Edgerton will finally become a household name in America, at which point everyone else will see the major-league sexy that we first noticed over a year ago.