BY KEVIN FALLON
Hollywood’s new It Girl. An Irish lad who stealthily stole all your favorite films. A morphine-addicted hacker (and TV’s biggest breakout star), a wise-cracking aspiring Ghostbuster, and the next Will Smith. Here’s a look at all the actors you’re poised to see a whole lot of in 2016.
Never underestimate the power of a critically hailed freshman drama to propel its lead actor’s career. (See: James Gandolfini, Damien Lewis, Bryan Cranston, and, especially, Jon Hamm.) Like Hamm, Malek had been building up a solid, if a bit anonymous, resume before being cast in USA’sMr. Robot, a series that has found itself topping countless end-of-the-year Top 10 lists. The 34-year-old actor is easily the biggest TV breakout star of 2015, with Golden Globe, Critics Choice, and SAG Award nominations to show for it. Expect his face to be everywhere when Mr. Robot returns next year for season two--and for Malek to be at the top of every director’s list when casting their next franchise that needs a captivating, off-center, red-hot male lead.