On July 2, 2007, Megan Fox was a little-known actress who had appeared in a handful of TV series and the forgettable "Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen," starring Lindsay Lohan. By the next day, when "Transformers" busted into theaters on its way to grossing $700 million at the worldwide box office, Fox was a star.
With "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" opening Wednesday and possibly set to do bigger business than the original, another little-known performer could become 2009's "Transformers" breakout star. MTV News caught an early screening of the film, and now we present our top picks for the actor and actress you'll be talking about in the days and years to come.
The 24-year old Australian gets to play the flirtatious new girl for "Transformers" audiences, in some respects taking over that task from Fox's Mikaela Barnes. Of course, Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) is still very much in love with Mikaela in "Revenge," but they're in the midst of a long-distance relationship, and Lucas' Alice takes an immediate liking to her fellow Princeton classmate.
"The character of Alice is more the seductress," said Lucas, who has appeared in the Australian soap "Home and Away." "She's got mysterious intentions that we don't really know about."
That may be true, but we're convinced Lucas will be stuck in the minds of both fans and casting agents after the credits roll.
In the same way that Lucas somewhat mirrors Fox, Rodriguez's Leo Spitz embodies characteristics displayed by LaBeouf in the 2007 film: Spitz has never encountered a shape-shifting robot before, and when he does, his mix of terror and fascination might remind audiences of the first time Witwicky glimpsed his car turning into Bumblebee.
Spitz plays one of Sam's Princeton roommates and is the proprietor of a Web site about conspiracy theories — everything from aliens to robot wars. And then one of his wacked-out theories turns out to be true.
"I end up getting sucked into [Sam's] crazy world with real robots and finding out he's involved in the real thing," Rodriguez told MTV News. "My complete world is flipped."
For the actor, who is probably best remembered for a short stint on HBO's "The Wire," the summer of 2009 will vastly increase his public profile. In addition to "Revenge," Rodriguez appeared alongside Denzel Washington in "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3." Depending on how "Revenge" fairs, it could be Rodriguez shifting into a starring role in the summer of 2010.
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