Which Glee Cast Members Have the Best Shot At Being Movie Stars?
With I Am Number Four unspooling at theaters around the country (and in IMAX!), Dianna Agron becomes the first Glee star to graduate from McKinley High School to the silver screen. Four isn't Agron's maiden voyage into the world of film -- she had small roles in Burlesque and The Romantics last year -- but it is the first high profile movie appearance from any Glee star since the show exploded. Will Agron be the biggest movie star of the New Directions bunch? Ahead -- using nothing but common sense, speculation and bit of wishful thinking -- Movieline counts down the ten Glee students most likely to succeed.
10. Max Adler
As Karofsky -- the homophobic and closeted bully who forced Kurt to transfer schools -- Max Adler hasn't had to do much more than glower and act like a big jerk on Glee. Buried in the overblown post-Super Bowl episode, however, were some really sweet character moments for Adler to play: Confusion, sweetness, and even a bit of charm. He'll never lead a movie, but maybe cast him as the best friend in an indie coming-of-age flick and see what happens?
Odds of being a movie star: 40-to-1
9. Naya Rivera
As long as Naya Rivera maintains her pin-up status -- and as long as Hollywood makes crappy horror movies -- she will have something to do. After all, couldn't you imagine her playing one of the doomed co-eds in Piranha 3DD? Just sayin'.
Odds of being a movie star: 36-to-1
8. Cory Monteith
Surprise! You likely didn't expect to see Monteith so low on this list, but between his age (28) and his acting skills (Monteith is fine, but doesn't seem to have very much depth) future leading man status probably eludes him. Somewhere Chris Klein is nodding his head in sad agreement.
Odds of being a movie star: 33-to-1
7. Chord Overstreet
Despite coming down with Bieber Fever during the latest episode of Glee, Chord Overstreet has been a fairly welcome addition to the cast during this rocky second season. The problem is that he has yet to find a niche: Is he the handsome-but-goofy dork that Glee seems to be pushing him toward? Is he the cocky-and-handsome jock with a heart of gold? Whatever the case, the key word there is "handsome." For future casting directors his Brad Pitt-in-Thelma and Louise looks will only help.
Odds of being a movie star: 24-to-1
6. Chris Colfer
Everyone loves Chris Colfer. Unfortunately, everyone also loves Kurt. This means typecasting. To his credit, Colfer wrote a script for himself to star in: Struck by Lightning, a coming of age film which he plans to film over the Glee summer hiatus. If he continues to show himself to be a triple threat (singing, acting, writing), he could move up the list rapidly; if he's just writing Kurt the Movie, he could be in trouble.
Odds of being a movie star: 20-to-1
5. Harry Shum Jr.
Two words: Three Minutes. The ultra-violent short film that stars Harry Shum Jr. and a bad-ass lightsaber should be the Glee second-teamer's future calling card. Shum carries an innate charm and physicality that make him seem like a natural action star. Suggestion: A team-up with Jason Statham in the star's next meat grinder.
Odds of being a movie star: 17-to-1
4. Dianna Agron
Whether or not you think Agron possesses anything more than the blandly generic appeal of blond ingenues from Kirsten Dunst to Kristen Stewart, one thing is clear: Hollywood sorta does. Not only was she rumored to be on the shortlist for a role in The Amazing Spider-Man, she was also hand-picked by Steven Spielberg for I Am Number Four. Not bad.
Odds of being a movie star: 13-to-1
3. Heather Morris
Remember when the Internet pulled a collective muscle imagining Morris starring as Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Or when everyone went nuts for "Nuthin' but a Glee Thang"? Morris has had a breakout last six months, and between her looks, comedy chops and the fact that everyone seems to love her, it wouldn't be all that surprising to see an even bigger breakout happen in the future. As an unabashed (and totally biased) fan, fingers crossed.
Odds of being a movie star: 9-to-1
2. Darren Criss
It might not be the best thing for Glee, but Darren Criss' ascention to fame has provided everyone with a new favorite It Boy. As Criss told Movieline, he's the sort of newfangled renaissance man that might be too busy to find fame on the big screen. But should he decide that's the path he wants, Criss seems like a natural fit for all types of romantic comedies and familial dramas. That he looks like the type of youngster who could play George Clooney's son probably doesn't hurt either.
Odds of being a movie star: 7-to-1
1. Lea Michele
She might be a controversy magnet -- and she might have made Hailee Steinfeld almost cry -- but Lea Michele is a certifiable star. Like her character, Michele seems to be pre-programmed for stardom, and has the talent and will to reach that goal. In fact, if there is a hitch in her wagon, it's that the difference between Michele's public persona and Rachel Berry is still minimal. Otherwise, expect mostly smooth sailing: A stint on Glee, followed by a role in that Funny Girl revival that's happening on Broadway, followed by a role in the Funny Girl movie that will no doubt happen soon after, followed by an Oscar win for Best Actress. Hey, stranger things have happened...
Odds of being a movie star: 4-to-1.