10 Actors Poised to Make a Comeback in 2017

2017 is set to be a banner year for certain Hollywood names. After taking a break from the industry for quite some time, several well-known stars are expected to make long-awaited comebacks over the coming months. Whether taking on high-profile movies or starring in some of this year’s exciting new TV shows, these actors are about to return to the spotlight in major way. Below, check out 10 actors poised to make a comeback this year.

1. Goldie Hawn

Goldie Hawn

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Hawn hasn’t starred in a movie since 2002’s The Bangers Sisters, but that will change this year. After more than a decade off the big-screen, the actress will make her long-awaited comeback in the upcoming comedy, Snatched. Hawn will play Amy Schumer‘s mom in the film, which follows a mother-daughter duo that gets caught up in a crime during a vacation gone wrong. Snatched hits theaters on May 12.

2. Alyssa Milano

Alyssa Milano

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Unless you were an early fan of ABC’s now-canceled Mistresses, chances are you probably can’t name the last thing you saw Alyssa Milano in. That’s because she hasn’t done much of anything since, other than make guest appearances on reality shows, like Hollywood Game Night and RuPaul’s Drag Race. She’ll return to the screen (as someone other than herself) this year though, having nabbed an undisclosed role on Netflix’s Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later, set to premiere sometime this year.

3. Dave Chappelle

Dave Chappelle

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The actor and comedian earned praise for his hosting gig on SNL last year, but that was just the beginning of his re-entry into the spotlight. Chappelle recently signed a big deal to produce three new comedy specials for Netflix. The projects will mark Chappelle’s first standup TV specials in 12 years. No specific release date has been revealed yet, but fans can reportedly look forward to a new original special and two other unreleased projects from Chappelle’s own vault.

4. Michelle Pfeiffer

Michelle Pfeiffer

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Pfeiffer’s last movie was 2013’s ill-received The Family, but her list of forthcoming features sound much more promising. The actress has three major films coming out this year year. She co-stars opposite Kiefer Sutherland in Where Is Kyra?, a drama scheduled to make its debut at Sundance in 2017. She will also appear alongside Jennifer Lawrence in the anticipated Darren Aronofsky-directed drama, Mother. This coming fall, she’ll also appear in the star-studded thriller, Murder on the Orient Express.

5. Val Kilmer

Val Kilmer, actors poised to make a comeback

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Audiences haven’t seen Kilmer on the big-screen since he played Mark Twain in 2015’s Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn. This year, he’ll make a major comeback with two high profile films. In Terrence Malick’s Song by Song, he’ll be featured among an A-list ensemble cast that includes Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, and Cate Blanchett. He’ll also co-star alongside Michael Fassbender and Rebecca Ferguson in the British crime drama, The Snowman.

6. Katherine Heigl

Actress Katherine Heigl

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The last time we saw Heigl, she was executive producing and starring in NBC’s short-lived State of Affairs. The show debuted during the 2014–2015 TV season and was axed pretty quickly, following low ratings and not-so-great reviews. But she’s since moved on to another small-screen show. This year, the actress is set to headline Doubt, an upcoming CBS legal drama co-starring Laverne Cox and Steven Pasquale. The series’ freshman season will premiere on February 15.

7. Halle Berry

Halle Berry

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Berry’s transition to the small-screen with CBS’s Extant didn’t go as well as she may have hoped, with the show only lasting two seasons before getting axed. Now, the actress is refocusing her efforts on feature films. This year, Berry will star in two notable movies: the thriller Kidnap (which she also produced) and the anticipated action sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle, which hits theaters in October.

8. Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp

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Depp didn’t exactly stay out of the headlines in 2016 — he just made them for all the wrong reasons. Whether his movies were bombing (Yoga Hosers, Alice Through the Looking Glass) or his acrimonious divorce was splashed across tabloid covers, it was not a good year for Depp. But after a slew of critical flops and box office bombs, there may be hope for the actor to get his career back on track in 2017. Not only is he set to reprise his beloved role of Captain Jack Sparrow in this spring’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, he’ll also star alongside an A-list ensemble cast in Kenneth Branagh’s highly promising mystery, Murder on the Orient Express.

9. Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron

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Theron scored a major hit in 2015 with Mad Max: Fury Road, but her subsequent projects haven’t been as successful. Last year’s The Huntsman: Winter’s War tanked at the box office, while Cannes drama The Last Face reportedly spurred booing at its screening. In fact, her only solid project in 2016 was one in which she didn’t even physically appear: the acclaimed animated film Kubo and the Two Strings.

Thankfully, it looks like she’s set to turn things around in 2017. The actress will play the villain in the highly anticipated The Fate of the Furious (aka Fast 8). This summer, she will also star in the thriller, The Coldest City, based on the graphic novel of the same name.

10. Maggie Gyllenhaal

Maggie Gyllenhaal

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Maggie Gyllenhaal hasn’t appeared in a movie since 2014 and her last major TV project — BBC’s The Honourable Woman (which won her a Golden Globe ) — was also three years ago. But though she’s been mostly out of the spotlight since then, it looks like 2017 will prove to be another landmark year for her. The actress will appear in the upcoming comedy, Brigsby Bear, which is set to debut at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. She’ll also produce and co-star opposite James Franco in the promising HBO drama, The Deuce.

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