The Breakthrough Kids

They're young, they're hot and they're ready for their close-ups. Behold our guide to Hollywood's new guard -- from, the already-verging to the just-emerging.


Keira Knightley

19, Bend It Like Beckham, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Love Actually

WOWED US BY: Proving that girls, whether kicking the winning goal or walking the plank, can be tough and feminine

WATCH FOR HER IN: This summer's King Arthur, a Pirates sequel, The Jacket with Adrien Brody and Tulip Fever with Jude Law

Eva Green

23, The Dreamers

WOWED US BY: Acing her debut role with stunning performance in Bernardo Bertolucci's steamy ménage-à-trois tale The Dreamers

WATCH FOR HER IN: The Crusades epic Kingdom of Heaven with Orlando Bloom

Will Kemp

26, Broadway's The Car Man, Van Helsing

WOWED US BY: Making us all want to get our groove on with his ruggedly sexy hip gyrations in that unforgettable Gap commercial

WATCH FOR HIM IN: The psychological thriller Mindhunters with Val Kilmer and LL Cool J

Rose Byrne

24, I Capture the Castle, Troy

WOWED US BY: Continuing the Hollywood influx of gorgeous, talented Aussie thesps

WATCH FOR HER IN: The thriller Wicker Park (above) with Josh Hartnett and her Troy costar Diane Kruger

Diane Kruger

27, Troy

WOWED US BY: Landing the coveted role of Helen of Troy, the face that launched a thousand ships, in Troy after an exhaustive, worldwide talent search

WATCH FOR HER IN: Wicker Park and National Treasure with Nicolas Cage

Hilary Duff

16, The Lizzie McGuire Movie, Cheaper by the Dozen

WOWED US BY: Flexing her teen appeal beyond the Disney channel on the big screen and with her chart-topping first CD

WATCH FOR HER IN: A Cinderella Story and the performing arts-school tale Heart of Summer

Scarlett Johansson

19, Lost in Translation, Girl with a Pearl Earring

WOWED US BY: Matching Bill Murray note for wistful note with a wise-beyond-her-years performance in Lost in Translation

WATCH FOR HER IN: A Love Song for Bobby Long with John Travolta and A Good Woman with Helen Hunt

Orlando Bloom

27, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Troy

WOWED US BY: Swashbuckling with old-Hollywood panache in the audience-rousing Pirates

WATCH FOR HIM IN: The indie thriller Haven and the big-budget medieval tale Kingdom of Heaven

Cillian Murphy

30, 28 Days Later, Girl with a Pearl Earring, Intermission

WOWED US BY: Affirming that Colin Farrell isn't Hollywood's only talented young Irishman with his brooding, heroic turn in last summer's bloodcurdling zombie flick 28 Days Later

WATCH FOR HIM IN: Next year's Batman Begins

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