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The Sundance Springboard: Indiewire Picks 10 Actors to Watch in Park City

Photo of Nigel M Smith By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire January 16, 2013 at 11:07AM

Brit Marling, Elizabeth Olsen, Edward Burns and Gabourey Sidibe all came to Park City as relative unknowns and emerged as highly sought-after talents. With the 2013 edition of the Sundance Film Festival launching tomorrow, here are our picks for the 10 actors to watch this year.

"Fruitvale Station"
The Weinstein Company "Fruitvale Station"

Michael B. Jordan ("Fruitvale")

Why You May Know Him: Michael B. Jordan has defined himself on the small screen by starring in "The Wire," "Friday Night Lights" and "Parenthood." On the big screen, he got to fly high in both "Chronicle" and "Red Tails," and appeared opposite Keanu Reeves in "Hard Ball."

What Sundance Could Mean For Him: Despite an impressive CV and a solid number of years in the business, Jordan is far from a household name. If his indie "Fruitvale" breaks out in a big way, that could change. In Ryan Coogler's feature-length debut, he plays a twenty-something Bay Area resident who sees everything go from good to bad over the course of an increasingly problematic New Year's Eve in 2008. Octavia Spencer also co-stars.

What's Next: Jordan is currently filming the romantic comedy "Are We Officially Dating," starring Zac Efron, Imogen Potts and Miles Teller (see below).

Miles Teller ("The Spectacular Now")

Why You May Know Him: 25-year-old Miles Teller came out of seemingly nowhere to hold his own opposite Nicole Kidman in John Cameron Mitchell's wrenching "Rabbit Hole." He's since appeared as a supporting player in films as varied as "Footloose" and "Project X."

What Sundance Could Mean For Him: Having already established himself as a talent to watch out for via a crop of stellar supporting roles, Teller finally gets his big chance to prove himself as a leading man in James Ponsoldt's anticipated follow-up to "Smashed," "The Spectacular Now." In the drama, Teller plays a high school senior with no plans for the future, who wakes up one morning on a lawn to find himself drawn to a girl (Shailene Woodley) who is his complete opposite.

What's Next: Teller next appears in the March release "21 and Over." He also has "Two Night Stand" opposite Analeigh Tipton, and the Zac Efron-headlined comedy "Are We Officially Dating?" in the works.

"The Master"
TWC "The Master"

Ambyr Childers ("We Are What We Are")

Why You May Know Her: 24-year-old beauty Ambyr Childers has a number of credits to her name including the horror "Playback" and a stint on "All My Children," but chances are you best know her as Philip Seymour Hoffman's daughter in Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master."

What Sundance Could Mean For Her: In Jim Micke's anticipated reimagining of the 2010 Mexican horror film of the same name, Childers gets to sink her teeth into her highest profile role to date as one of two daughters forced to provide for her cannibalistic clan when tragedy strikes. Childers already proved she could hold her own opposite a galvanic Joaquin Phoenix. If she impresses in "We Are What We Are," we have a feeling we'll be seeing a lot more of her in the coming years.

What's Next: You can currenly see Childers as a Milk Skinned Blonde (according to IMDb) in "Gangter Squad." She next appears in the upcoming Liev Schrieber-headlined series "Ray Donovan," which will play on Showtime.

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