Notable Role: Eric Molson in 21 Jump Street (2012)
It’s easy to look past Dave Franco’s brotherly connection to James Franco, especially while watching the 27-year-old, multi-talented actor’s hilarious, scene-stealing work in 21 Jump Street, the 2012 comedy hit that’s currently playing nonstop on cable. The funny business is by now second nature for Franco, whose brief appearances in Superbad and Ben Stiller’s indie flick Greenberg prefaced his memorably clever, self-made Funny or Die viral videos, including “You’re So Hot.”
This year, Franco is getting his character-actor on with a pair of supporting roles in two high-profile movies: the Twilight-meets-Zombieland comedy Warm Bodies and the magician heist thriller Now You See Me (also starring Jesse Eisenberg, Morgan Freeman, and Woody Harrelson). As 2013 progresses, don’t be surprised to see Franco’s name announced as the leading man in future projects. A good-looking dude who’s both funny and able to produce his own material? You’d be a fool to bet against someone like that.