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Ten actors to watch this summer

If you're a big film fan, you will know that summer is a fantastic time for new film releases.

With a healthy combination of huge blockbusters mixed with daring indie flicks, this summer you will get to see some of your favourite actors take to the big screen in new and exciting films. There are plenty of familiar faces reappearing this summer in huge films such as The World's End and This Is The End depicting every big name in Hollywood at the moment.

However, in both films great and small, you may just be about to discover your new favourite actor this year. Grab the popcorn, settle down and get comfortable as we take you through 10 of the actors you need to watch out for in the summer of film.

Chloe Grace Moretz

We started to pay attention to Chloe Grace Moretz in The Amityville Horror; we realised her comic power as Rachel in (500) Days of Summer; it was in Kick-Ass as Hit Girl when we realised that Chloe Grace Moretz is one of the greatest actors of her generation, with the ability to perfectly balance humour and heart-breaking drama - and all at the age of 13!

We loved her supernatural and creepy performance in Let Me In and will perform in a similarly challenging style as Carrie White in Carrie. You'll also get to catch her revisiting the role that gave her international fame in Kick-Ass 2 as a teenage Hit Girl.

Ruth Negga

You've heard it here first: Ruth Negga is going to become a megastar. You may remember first seeing her in Criminal Justice, the series that first introduced the British public to Ben Whishaw, as well as her role of Nikki in alt-superhero series Misfits. However, it's 2013 where the entire world will learn her name thanks to stunning performances in some huge blockbusters.

You'll have seen her already in World War Z as W.H.O. Doctor, but for a more significant role, buy tickets for 12 Years a Slave. Directed by Steve McQueen, with A-listers Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Fassbender, Negga is said to steal the show with her role of Celeste, a runaway slave with a harrowing performance.

Jack O'Connell

The British public will best know Jack as cheeky chappy Cook in TV series Skins, as well as roles in This is England, Harry Brown and a small part in Wuthering Heights, acting alongside Tom Hardy. However, he's set to shoot to international fame and not as the geezer teenager he's best known as.

300: Rise of an Empire is the sequel to the hugely successful 300 which brought Gerard Butler forward as a fantastic leading action man and O'Connell will be taking the role of Calisto in the sequel. You'll also see him in Starred Up, a violent and emotional prison tale, with the role of Eric.

Reece Shearsmith

Lovers of dark comedy will already hail Reece Shearsmith as a legend thanks to his roles in British cult favourites The League of Gentlemen, Psychoville and Bad Sugar. While he's also featured in films such as the massively popular Shaun of the Dead, he's now beginning to flex his film acting muscles in some of the biggest hits of the summer.

A Field in England is an indie film with the coverage of a blockbuster and Shearsmith takes the leading role of Whitehead in this strange and tense black-and-white film. His performance has been hailed by critics and has helped him start to make a name for himself on the big screen, though he hasn't turned his back on his TV roots as he has several more roles currently in production.

Maika Monroe

Unless you've seen the likes of questionable made-for-TV-movie Flying Monkeys, chances are you won't be too familiar with Maika Monroe just yet. She had a turn in the acclaimed At Any Price, but it's her professional kite boarding career which actually helped her become noticed in Hollywood.

She is set to be seen in Sophie Coppella's The Bling Ring alongside Emma Watson, which isn't half bad considering it's only her seventh role in her career. You can also watch out for her as Mandy in Labour Day which is also set to be released this year and she already has several films in the works for 2014.

Omar Sy

Omar Sy has already made a name for himself in French cinema and TV, but has been hailed as an acting genius for his role in The Intouchables. Playing a caretaker to a quadriplegic aristocrat, Sy has been praised his balance between comic timing and realistic emotional range.

Thanks to the huge success of this French flick, Sy features in the highly praised Mood Indigo and will feature in X-Men: Days of the Future Past alongside other big names in the mutant reboot such as James McAvoy, Hugh Jackman and Jennifer Lawrence.

Rooney Mara

Rooney Mara is an actor with more range than an organic chicken. You'll have spotted her in comedies Friend (With Benefits) and indie-flick Youth In Revolt. She had a turn in the massively successful The Social Network as Erica Albright, but it's her turn as Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, starring opposite Daniel Craig in an incredibly challenging role, that really caught the eyes of the world.

This year she's showing her depth even more. She acted alongside Jude Law in Side Effects as Emily Taylor and is starring in indie film Ain't Them Bodies Saints, which won numerous awards in Cannes and at Sundance.

Henry Cavill

The names which usually take on the roles of legendary superheroes have usually proved their worth time and time again. Given the success of the likes of The Dark Knight and Iron Man, Hollywood has now turned its attention to the original all-American hero, Superman himself in gritty reboot Man of Steel.

Having acted in the likes of The Tudors and Stardust, Henry Cavill has been entrusted with the role and his performance shows us why. Cavill has now shot to fame as the Caped Crusader in the biggest blockbuster of 2013. Man of Steel is not to be missed thanks to Cavill's brilliant take on the role.

Hannah Simone

If you managed to stick with US comedy New Girl, you'll know Hannah Simone as Cece, the model best friend of leading lady Jess (played by Zooey Deschanel). Her fans love her not only for her amazing good looks, but for her excellent comic timing and emotional depth.

You'll be glad to know that not only will she be returning in the next season of New Girl, but will also star in a film that's set to become a modern classic, Spike Lee's reimagining of Oldboy. Simone will be featuring alongside and all-star cast, including Samuel L. Jackson, Elizabeth Olsen and Josh Brolin.

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