Monday Morning Quarterback Part II
By BOP Staff
June 6, 2012
There can be only one.
Kim Hollis: In your opinion, who is the biggest star of Snow White and the Huntsman right now? Who will be the biggest star in five years?
Felix Quinonez: Unfortunately I think the biggest star in this movie is Kristen Stewart but in five years I think Chris Hemsworth will be the biggest draw. I mean at the very least he has The Avengers 2 and Thor 2 that should keep his star rising.
Jason Barney: I believe Chris Hemsworth is here to stay. I don't think his career will be a flash in the pan. By virtue of the types of films he has been involved in, he is going to be in some very big projects in the coming years. Not only will he carry Thor 2, but the Avengers sequel will be one of the most anticipated films of the coming years. He was good as Kirk's dad in Star Trek. Cabin in the Woods was a fairly good draw earlier this year. I doubt we are talking about a DiCaprio type career, but being one of the leads in the third highest grossing film of all time, this early, means something. He will be around for a while.
Edwin Davies: I agree with Felix's assessment, though as a huge fan of Adventureland, I don't have a problem with Kristen Stewart being a star at the moment since she can be very, very good, even if she often isn't because people are paying her a shit ton of money to appear in crap. It's good work if you can get it.
Anyway, I think that Hemsworth will be the bigger star five years down the line since he's already got a full slate of big blockbusters lined up which Stewart doesn't unless Stephanie Meyer tosses off another Twilight book that they can get into production quickly enough. He's also demonstrated in the few films he's done that he's got range and is pretty charismatic, so should be able to parlay his star power from The Avengers and this into decent stuff going forward.
Max Braden: By the numbers, asking who would draw the biggest crowd, I think the edge goes to Kristen Stewart over Jennifer Lawrence. But Stewart's reign still feels very tenuous. Robert Downey Jr. is clearly the biggest name of the biggest franchise, and has has phenomenal success over the past eight years. You say his name and you know you predict guaranteed quality, but he has an aloof nature that dampens his stardom just a bit. Johnny Depp's aloofness is kind of an asset, and he's been up there longer than Downey. Will Smith is probably known the best world wide, but he hasn't been active enough to compete for the title of biggest star. By all rights the cast of Harry Potter should have a claim but they don't feel like they're relevant outside the series.
For the future, I can see Jennifer Lawrence outlasting Stewart. I have trouble thinking of other women you'd want at the top of your gala event invite list. Hemsworth certainly has the attention now, but if there's anyone who will give him a run, it'll be Taylor Lautner. Lautner just seems to want it the most.