Over-hyped Actors Who Were Supposed to Be the Next Big Thing… But Weren’t

Not everyone in Hollywood lasts forever. There are some actors that were considered by many as rising stars during one shining moment of the careers, only to vanish into obscurity for some unknown reason.

Every actor or actress featured within this record was cast in a movie that was called for a large hit or was glorified as the next superstar. Sadly, things did not pan out exactly the way they wanted them. Read on to discover what they didn’t break their Hollywood fortunes!

Taylor Lautner

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In 2008, Taylor Lautner became an instant hit for his portrayal of Jacob Black in the Twilight Saga series. In the very first film, Taylor was already attracting a large audience of fans, thanks in great part to his strong, manly appeal.

After the revealing of New Moon, Lautner moved from an actor of small parts in TV shows and commercials to an instant teen idol. He was especially venerated by teenagers because of his fresh physical attributes, becoming a sex symbol. However, after his successful stint with The Twilight Saga, no one was gasping at his screen appearance anymore.

Shailene Woodley

In 2011, Shailene Woodley was cast in the film, The Descendants. Her acting garnered strong reviews from critics and several awards. She was hailed as one of the 55 faces of their long run in Nylon magazine’s”Young Hollywood Issue.” After her success from The Descendants, the American actress was cast in The Divergent series.

Because of subpar box office ratings on its next sequel, Allegiant the studio made preparations to complete the series on TV. Shailene Woodley was not comfortable with the possibility of stepping down in the huge monitor to TV and hauled from the series but strangely decided to accept a role in HBO’s ‘Big Little Lies’.

Carrie-Anne Moss

Carrie-Anne Moss became a Hollywood star when she played Trinity from the Sci-Fi action thriller, The Matrix (1999). The movie went on to make a whopping $460 million gross earnings worldwide and was widely celebrated by critics. Before her successful stint in The Matrix and its sequels, Moss said her acting career was pretty much non-existent.

The movie propelled the actress into worldwide fame, but Carrie-Anne’s portrayal of both Trinity in The Matrix Trilogy proved to be the defining moment in her career. And perhaps the only one that she is going to be recalled for as an actress. Today, she usually comes from one Netflix Marvel show to another, the latest being her character at Jessica Jones.

Mischa Barton

The famous Fox T.V. collection, The O.C. became an instant hit and made Mischa Barton even more famous for her performance of the character Marissa Cooper. The British-American actress received a Variety of Teen Choice Awards. Mischa eventually left the series after its next season finale in May 2006.

Mischa Barton was also crowned by Glamour magazine as the “Next Big Thing” and hailed by Entertainment Weekly as the “It Girl” of 2003. Ever since she departed The O.C. during its pinnacle of recognition after the next season, she has made people gossip for her legal issues and impulsive actions.

Taylor Kitsch

In 2006, Taylor Kitsch played Tim Riggins from the NBC sports drama T.V. series, Friday Night Lights. Kitsch appeared in the series for five seasons, garnering international recognition from critics and nearly eight million viewers. He was also picked to portray the iconic character, Gambit, at the X-Men franchise spinoff, X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

When you take a look at Kitsch’s track record, it is clear that there’s someone in Hollywood that was determined to make the actor a star. Sadly though, all those esteemed films failed to make him the next Johnny Depp.

Megan Fox

Megan Fox became a staple in the TV sitcom, Hope & Faith. In 2004, she achieved her first film appearance in the teen comedy, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, and a breakout performance in 2007 in the hit action movie, Transformers. She was also at the sequel, Revenge of the Fallen.

However, Fox was cut out of the rest of the sequels after the next picture. Apparently, she awakened Michael Bay, the director of the Transformers movies, to Hitler in an interview, and that became the conclusion of her character. Outdoor her supporting part in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Megan’s future appears bleak.

Alex Pettyfer

Alex Pettyfer had a breakthrough role in 2006 in Stormbreaker’. Because of his performance in the film, Alex received a Young Artist Award nomination and an Empire award. The British-American performer also featured as a model in a range of Burberry advertising campaigns.

After co-starring from the film’s Magic Mike’ and ‘I Am Number Four’,’ Alex Pettyfer was likely to be another Hollywood heartthrob. But what quickly crumbled after he made a couple of interviews in which he still appeared arrogant and ungrateful. Today, the once-promising actor is currently practically an afterthought.

Minnie Driver

Minnie Driver received an Academy Award nomination for the role in Good Will Hunting’, in 1997. She also garnered an Emmy award and a Golden Globe award for her efforts in the TV show,’The Riches’. Even the English-American actress has played in many movies and shone brightly as Fiona Bowa about the NBC sitcom, About a Boy.

Considering that the various awards and accolades that were given to her following her performance in Good Will Hunting, there were lots of buzzes that surrounded Minnie Driver throughout that moment. She wasn’t able to stay up to it though and has never really established herself as a household name. Today, she stars in the T.V. show, ‘Speechless’.

Armie Hammer

Armie Hammer became popular due to his role in the Social Network’ movie and is best known for portraying lead character roles in the films’The Lone Ranger’,’The Man in U.N.C.L.E.’ and mine’. He was nominated for a SAG award for his role in the biographical film,’J. Edgar’. The American actor also enjoyed acclaim from critics and several nominations, for his part in the movie,’Call Me by Your Name’.

Together with his good looks and charm, Armie Hammer had the makings of a dominant lead actor in films however, as it turned out, he was only best suited for supporting functions. He had his chance to be the main man but didn’t quite succeed, and it is maybe safe to say that his window of opportunity has closed permanently at the time.

Brandon Routh

Brandon Routh was decided to be an actor and eventually secured various roles in numerous TV series, such as Gilmore Girls’,” at the start of 2000. The American actor made frequent appearances at the NBC show,’Chuck’, and later played supporting roles in the films’Zack and Miri Make a Porno’ and’Scott Pilgrim vs. the World’.

In 2006, Brandon Routh was cast as”The Man of Steel” in Bryan Singer’s movie,’ Superman Returns’. There were lots of lofty expectations for the actor after succeeding in the iconic character from the late Christopher Reeve. Ultimately, the movie turned out to be a flop, and Brandon Routh has now been subject to a lesser superhero character, in the TV show,’Legends of Tomorrow’.