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Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers  

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List Rules Vote up the B-listers with the most potential to become A-listers.

If pop culture has room enough for multiple A-list Jennifers and Chrises, it has enough time to make some space for certain celebrities who should be more famous. For example, think back to the start of 2014. In early 2014, most people would respond to the name "Chris Pratt" with "who?" Those who were familiar with his work probably knew him as the chubby bumbling Andy Dwyer from Parks and Recreation. Two years after Parks... finished, Chris Pratt starred in Guardians of the Galaxy and joined the rest of the A-list Chrises - and became one of the sexiest men alive. Truly what a difference a year makes.

You may wonder what makes a celebrity an A-lister, and which actors are considered B-list celebs. Although Game of Thrones stars Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke star in one of the most popular shows of all time, most commoners know them as their character names Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen, respectively. B-list actors thrive in supporting roles, yet these are the roles which fully highlight their unique talents and acting styles. 

Below includes a collection of all the celebrities who will soon be A-listers. By A-listers, it means actors and actresses at the height of fame, names and faces any bystander could instantly recognize. This list advocates for B-list actors who deserve the A-list treatment. Although these up and coming celebs boast millions of fans, they are still considered B-list (or below) by Hollywood standards. So no, this list is not for your friend who just got a guest role on the Disney Channel.

Feel free to add your favorites soon to be famous celebrities, but only if you think they'll be so famous your grandmother will know their name. Everyone loves Alexander Skarsgard, but love isn't what transformed Andy Dwyer into Star-Lord. Then, check out who deserves to be a household name in 2019.

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Chadwick Boseman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
age 37

Best Known Roles:
T'Challa/Black Panther in Marvel Cinematic Universe
James Brown in Get on Up
Jackie Robinson in 42

Upcoming Roles:
T'Challa in an untitled Avengers project

2
Liam Hemsworth is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
age 29

Best Known Roles:
Gale Hawthorne in The Hunger Games series
Jake Morrison in Independence Day: Resurgence
Josh Taylor on Neighbours

Upcoming Roles:
Blake in Isn't It Romantic

3
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
Karen Addie Adelson added age 36

Best Known Roles:
Professor Charles Xavier in X-Men franchise (X-Men: Apocalypse, X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past)
David Percival in Atomic Blonde
Mr. Tumnus in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Upcoming Roles:
Lord Asriel in His Dark Materials
Hazel in Watership Down

4
Emilia Clarke is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
age 31

Best Known Roles:
Daenerys Targaryen on Game of Thrones
Sarah Connor in Terminator Genisys
Luisa Clark in Me Before You
Kira in Solo: A Star Wars Story

Upcoming Roles:
Susan Smith in Above Suspicion

5
Jason Momoa is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
age 36

Best Known Roles:
Khal Drogo on Game of Thrones
Declan Harp on Frontier
Aquaman in Justice League

Upcoming Roles:
Aquaman in Aquaman

6
Sarah Paulson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
blanchctt added age 44
7
Sebastian Stan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
age 33

Best Known Roles:
Jeff Gillooly in I, Tonya
Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier in the Captain America series
T.J. Hammond in Political Animals
Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier in Avengers: Infinity War

Upcoming Roles:
Scott Huffman in The Last Full Measure
Mickey in Monday

8
Jason Bateman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
age 50

Best Known Roles:
Michael Bluth in Arrested Development
Nick Hendricks in the Horrible Bosses series
Nick Wilde (voice of) in Zootopia
Martin 'Marty' Byrde in Ozark

Upcoming Roles:
Opposite Jennifer Aniston in Significant Other

9
Kit Harington is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
age 32

Best Known Roles:
Jon Snow in Game of Thrones
Robert Catesby in Gunpowder

Upcoming Roles:
Eret (voice) in How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

10
Karen Gillan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
age 31

Best Known Roles:
Amy Pond in Doctor Who (2010-2014)
Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy and the MCU
Ruby Roundhouse/Martha in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Nebula in Avengers: Infinity War

Upcoming Roles:
Nebula in an untitled Avengers project
Mercedes in Call of the Wild

11
Andrew Garfield is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
akr2907 added age 35

Best Known Roles:
Spider-Man/Peter Parker in The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Eduardo Saverin in The Social Network
Desmond Doss in Hacksaw Ridge

Upcoming Roles:
Carlos Mavroleon in Black Lion

12
Cole Sprouse is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
DuttaDUtta added age 26

Best Known Roles:
Cody Martin in The Suite Life of Zack and Cody
Jughead Jones in Riverdale

Upcoming Roles:
Will in Five Feet Apart

13
Lena Headey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
age 45

Best Known Roles:
Cersie Lannister in Game of Thrones
Sarah Connor in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Queen Gorgo in 300

Upcoming Roles:
Julia "Sweet Saraya" Bevis in Fighting with My Family

14
Sophie Turner is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
age 22

Best Known Roles:
Sansa Stark in Game of Thrones
Jean Grey/Phoenix in X-Men: Apocalypse

Upcoming Roles:
Koepcke in Girl Who Fell From the Sky
Jean Grey/Dark Phoenix in X-Men: Dark Phoenix

15
Jensen Ackles is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
Jhantara Decker added age 40

Best Known Roles:
Dean Winchester in Supernatural

Upcoming Roles:
Opposite Olivia Munn in The Buddy Games

16
Cara Delevingne is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
age 26

Best Known Roles:
Enchantress in Suicide Squad
Laureline in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Margo Roth Spiegelman in Paper Towns

Upcoming Roles:
Vignette Stonemoss in Carnival Row

17
Dave Bautista is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
age 50

Best Known Roles:
Batista in WWE
Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Infinity War

Upcoming Roles:
Trent DeRosa in Escape Plan 3: Devil's Station
Owen Davidson in Master Z: Ip Man Legacy

18
Anthony Mackie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
LaChance added age 40

Best Known Roles:
Sam Wilson in Marvel Cinematic Universe (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War)
Sergeant J. T. Sanborn in The Hurt Locker
Papa Doc in 8 Mile

Upcoming Roles:
Takeshi Kovacs in Altered Carbon
Johnnie Cochran in Signal HIll

19
Evangeline Lilly is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
age 39

Best Known Roles:
Kate Austen in Lost
Tauriel in the Hobbit series
Hope van Dyne/Wasp in Ant-Man and Ant-Man and the Wasp

Upcoming Roles:
Hope van Dyne/Wasp in an untitled Avengers project

20
Michael Peña is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
age 39

Best Known Roles:
Sal Castro in The Walkout
Paco Hernandez in American Hustle
Red in A Wrinkle in Time (2018)
César Chávez in César Chávez

Upcoming Roles:
Enforcer in The Mule
Dora's father in Dora the Explorer
 

21
Maisie Williams is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
age 21

Best Known Roles:
Arya Stark in Game of Thrones
Lydia Lamont in The Falling
 

Upcoming Roles:
Rahne Sinclair/Wolfsbane in The New Mutants

22
Cobie Smulders is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
age 36

Best Known Roles:
Robin Scherbatsky on How I Met Your Mother
Maria Hill in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Upcoming Roles:
Sophie in Cicada

23
Lily James is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
age 29

Best Known Roles:
Ella in Cinderella
Debora in Baby Driver 
Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Young Donna Sheridan in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

Upcoming Roles:
Opposite Ana de Armas and Kate McKinnon in an untitled Danny Boyle/Richard Curtis project

24
Janelle Monáe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
age 33

Best Known Roles:
Mary Jackson in Hidden Figures
Teresa in Moonlight

Upcoming Roles:
GI Julie in Welcome to Marwen

25
John Cho is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Celebrities Who Should Be A-Listers
age 46

Best Known Roles:
Harold Lee in the Harold and Kumar series
Hikaru Sulu in Star Trek (2009)
John/MILF Guy #2 in American Pie 2
David Kim in Searching

Upcoming Roles:
Hikaru Sulu in an untitled Star Wars project
Grover in Tigertail