If you step into a theater this weekend for one of the week’s big-draw releases, “That Awkward Moment,” you may find yourself having an awkward moment of your own. That would be when you look at two of the film’s three leads and think to yourself, Who the heck is that?
While we’re all intimately familiar with each individual contour of Zac Efron‘s abdominal muscles, not to mention his acting career, co-stars Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller are less known, but not less talented. The two are powerhouses in their own right, and it’s just about time you got to know them.
You Might Know Him From: “The Spectacular Now,” “Project X,” “21 and Over”
Teller has a serious case of bro-face — after all, the guy did spend a significant amount of time in Florida growing up — but don’t let that distract you from his serious acting chops. He broke into the scene with 2012′s found footage sleeper hit “Project X,” but he really shone in last year’s “The Spectacular Now” opposite Shailene Woodley. He’s charming as anything, and likely would have chemistry with a wall, for all we know. (We’d like to see that theory tested, by the way, if anyone has a way to make that happen.)
Where You’ll See Him Next: “Divergent,” “Whiplash”
Teller stars as a young jazz drummer struggling to make it big-time in the Sundance Film Festival Favorite. And by “favorite,” we mean that not only was “Whiplash” the fest’s opening movie, but it also took both the audience and grand jury awards. Keep an eye out for this one. It’s gonna be huge.
He’s also re-paired with Woodley in “Divergent,” the young adult adaptation slated for this spring. This time, he’s Peter, a bad guy who bullies Woodley’s character.
Teller has also been rumored for the upcoming “Fantastic Four” movie, but we’ll believe that when we see it.
Michael B. Jordan
You Might Know Him From: “Friday Night Lights” (TV), “Fruitvale Station,” “The Wire” (TV)
Jordan broke our hearts again and again as promising quarterback Vince on the TV series “Friday Night Lights”, and then again again, in a different way, in last year’s indie “Fruitvale Station.”
Where You’ll See Him Next: ???
Before you’re like, “Oh, how great could this dude be if you don’t even know what’s next for him?” you need to stop, collaborate and listen for a moment. Jordan could be in basically anything, and it’s going to be huge, whatever it is. He’s been rumored for parts in the new “Star Wars” movie, “The Fantastic Four” (hey, Miles Teller!) and “Independence Day 4.” Clearly, studios see this guy as a bankable star. We do too.