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It stands to reason that everyone with a speaking part in The Hobbit is going to be a damn sight more famous by next year.  But as for who will come out on top of the golden pile, Larry D. Curtis’ money is on Richard Armitage, and here’s why….

“In terms of skyrocketing career moves, Armitage will be the ultimate winner. Thorin will be a more important part of this film than many realize and the Shakespearian tragedy elements, with his talent and good looks, make this a perfect situation for him.”

Read more about the up-and-comers in the cast including Aidan Turner, Dean O’ Gorman, Luke Evans, Martin Freeman, and Benedict Cumberbatch in Curtis’ article at NextMovie.com.