1. Daniel Radcliffe
Daniel Radcliffe was plucked from relative obscurity to take on the Harry Potter role and has made the most of the opportunity. As Potter wraps up, he's clearly just beginning.
Past Big-Screen Projects include: The Harry Potter films; December Boys (2007); The Tailor of Panama (2001).
Upcoming:Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009); Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I (2010); Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II (2011). It has also been reported that Radcliffe will appear in The Journey Is the Destination, a film about 22-year-old journalist Dan Eldon, who was stoned to death during Somalia's Civil War in 1993.
2. Miley Cyrus
Though her Hannah Montana character has been Miley Cyrus' main acting venue, Star Currency voters clearly see the potential for her beyond the Disney vehicle, given the brand she's established.
Past Big-Screen Projects include: Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert (2008); Bolt, voice(2008).
Upcoming: In addition to continuing on the music track, Cyrus appears in Hannah Montana: The Movie, opening in theaters in April.
3. Dakota Fanning
Dakota Fanning has already appeared in more than 20 films. As the SAG-nominated actress enters her mid teens, she hasn't lightened the load, taking on challenging roles in films like Push (2009), Winged Creatures (2008), The Secret Life of Bees (2008) and Hounddog (2007). As producer Rick Alvarez notes: "Dakota Fanning is a really special actor, and she's someone, as a child, she lends credibility to a movie, which is rare. You're rarely saying, 'I'm going to see this movie because this child actor is in it,' especially in adult fare."
Past Big-Screen Projects include:Coraline, voice (2009); War of the Worlds (2005); Man on Fire (2004).
Upcoming: Fanning is booked to play a vampire in the upcoming Twilight sequel New Moon and reportedly is in negotiations for a role as lead singer Cheri Currie in biopic The Runaways, based on the 1970s all-girl band of the same name.
4. Abigail Breslin
Not yet in her teens, Abigail Breslin is already an Oscar nominee (for best supporting actress), an accolade she received for 2006's Little Miss Sunshine. Since then, she's moved among adult fare such as Definitely, Maybe (2008) and No Reservations (2007) and kid-friendly pics like Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (2008) and Nim's Island (2008).
Past Big-Screen Projects include:Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (2008); Nim's Island (2008); Definitely, Maybe (2008); No Reservations (2007); Little Miss Sunshine (2006).
Upcoming:My Sister's Keeper (2009); Zombie Land (2009); Rape: A Love Story (filming scheduled to begin in June).
5. Hayden Panettiere
Hayden Panettiere has established herself on TV through her role in NBC's Heroes. But in 2009, the 19-year-old heads to the big-screen in the title role with this summer's I Love You, Beth Cooper. Also in the works is the film Carmel, set for release in 2010.
Past Big-Screen Projects include:Fireflies in the Garden (2008); The Architect (2006).
Upcoming (includes): I Love You, Beth Cooper (2009); Carmel (2010); Alpha and Omega, voice (2010).
6. Emma Watson
As one-third of the main Harry Potter trio, Emma Watson has carved out her own notices for her work in the franchise. With the final installments nearing, Star Currency voters see a future for her on the big screen--if she's interested, that is. She heads to college in the fall.
Past Big-Screen Projects include:The Tale of Despereaux, voice (2008); Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007); Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005).
Upcoming:Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009); Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I (2010); Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II (2011).
7. Freddie Highmore
Following his breakthrough role in Finding Neverland (2004), Freddie Highmore has put together a string of strong performances in several Hollywood productions and more than held his own opposite actors including Johnny Depp (in Finding Neverland and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Kate Winslet (Finding Neverland) and Robin Williams (August Rush). He's also got the title role in Luc Besson's Arthur films (Arthur and the Invisibles and upcoming installments to be release this year and in 2010).
Past Big-Screen Projects include:The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008); August Rush (2007); The Golden Compass (voice, 2007); Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005); Finding Neverland (2004).
Upcoming: Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard (2009); Master Harold … and the Boys (2010); Arthur and the Two Worlds War (2010).
8. Keke Palmer
Since her turn in the title role of 2006's Akeelah and the Bee, Keke Palmer hasn't slowed down. She's made her way into the Tyler Perry troupe with roles in Madea's Family Reunion (2006) and Madea Goes to Jail (2009) while also starring opposite Ice Cube in The Longshots (2008). In addition to singing, she's making waves on television, too, as the star of Nickelodeon's True Jackson, VP.
Past Big-Screen Projects include:The Longshots (2008); Madea's Family Reunion (2006); Akeelah and the Bee (2006).
Upcoming: Shrink (2009); Vapors (2009).
9. Emma Roberts (Keponakan dari Julia Roberts)
Emma Roberts has been able to carve out her own identity on screen at a young age--not an easy thing to do, given her famous bloodlines (her father is Eric Roberts and her aunt is Julia Roberts). But through roles in Aquamarine (2006), playing the title character in Nancy Drew (2007) and top-lining the recent Hotel For Dogs (2009), she's holding up the family name quite nicely for the next generation.
Past Big-Screen Projects include:Hotel For Dogs (2009); Nancy Drew (2007).
Upcoming:Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac (2009); The Winning Season (2009); Lymelife (2009).
10. Anton Yelchin
Anton Yelchin may not have the name recognition of some of his peers on this list, but reassess that in a few months. The actor will appear in two of the most anticipated films of this year, both arriving in May: Star Trek and Terminator Salvation.
Past Big-Screen Projects include:Charlie Bartlett (2008); Alpha Dog (2007); House of D (2005).
Upcoming:You and I (2009); Star Trek (2009); Terminator Salvation (2009); Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac (2009).