With next year's big-name film and TV projects (including a new Star Trek and a fresh Tom Hanks movie) featuring some unknowns, Entertainment Weekly lists the rising stars of 2009:
- Kara DioGuardi, American Idol: The songwriting force behind hits by Pink and Ashlee Simpson will sit at the show's judging table.
- Chris Pine, Star Trek: Old spaceship, new Captain Kirk.
- Ayelet Zurer, Angels & Demons: Munich's agonized wife teams up with Hanks in Da Vinci Code prequel.
- Rose McIver, The Lovely Bones: A Disney Channel secret no more, her star is set to rise by way of Peter Jackson’s new movie.
- Aziz Ansari, The Office: MTV Human Giant star moonlights as Amy Poehler’s new co-worker.
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