Celebrities can sometimes slip under the radar without us even noticing. As 2017 has come to a close, you may think to yourself, “Oh yeah, I haven’t seen that actor in anything in over a year. Where’d they go?” For example, you may have heard Bradley Cooper’s voice in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but have you actually seen him on screen?
Well, whether these actors have taken a one-year hiatus or they’re bringing back their iconic characters, they’re ready to return to acting. On screens big and small alike, these actors are poised to make a comeback in 2018.
1. Roseanne Barr
With reboots to classic shows such as Will & Grace and Full House, it’s no surprise that Roseanne is jumping on board. The show returned to ABC in 2018, starring none other than Roseanne Barr. All of the other original cast members joined the reunion, including John Goodman as Roseanne’s husband, Dan Conner.
The original show ran from 1988 to 1997, but ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey thought 2018 will be an appropriate year for the show’s return. He explained, “The Conners’ joys and struggles are as relevant — and hilarious — today as they were then. There’s really no one better to comment on our modern America than Roseanne.”
Next: He’s taken a well-deserved break.
2. Eddie Redmayne
From the time he took on the role of Marius in 2012’s film adaptation of Les Misérables, Eddie Redmayne’s wide range of skills were definitely noticed. He went on to star as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything (2014), Lili in The Danish Girl (2015), and Newt in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016). Each performance was nominated for an award, and he took home quite a few — mostly for his portrayal of Hawking.
After four undoubtedly busy years, Redmayne decided to take it easy in 2017. Though he may have taken on a few video shorts for Fantastic Beasts, according to IMDb, he laid low for the remainder of the year.
It looks like Redmayne’s break is over in 2018, as he’ll be back as Newt in the Fantastic Beasts sequel: The Crimes of Grindelwald. He’ll also be voicing Dug in Early Man, alongside fellow British actors Tom Hiddleston and Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams.
Next: She’s ready to return to the small screen.
3. Meg Ryan
From 1993’s Sleepless in Seattle to 1998’s You’ve Got Mail, we thought we’d never see another movie without Meg Ryan starring alongside Tom Hanks again. However, as Hanks’ career continued to soar, Ryan took on roles that allowed her to live a bit of a quieter life.
Ryan starred in the 2015 film, Ithaca, but we haven’t seen her in anything since then. However, it looks like she’s ready to make her return to the small screen with the TV comedy, Picture Paris, premiering in 2018. According to Deadline, Brad Hall will be writing and directing the series, and it will be based on his 2011 short film with the same title.
Next: He’s leaving Edward Cullen in the past.
4. Robert Pattinson
From Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) to Edward Cullen in the Twilight franchise, Robert Pattinson made his name in the world of the fantasy genre. He’s taken on some other roles, such as Jacob in 2011’s Water for Elephants, but other than that, he’s generally laid low while being cast in some movies here and there.
Pattinson is clearly ready to break out of his down time and take 2018 by storm. We already know he’s got movies like The Souvenir: Part I, The Devil All the Time, Damsel, and High Life coming out, so he’s definitely on the radar for making a comeback.
Next: He needed a break after winning that Oscar.
5. Leonardo DiCaprio
For years, everyone seemed to think, “This is the year Leonardo DiCaprio will finally win an Oscar.” He pours his heart and soul into every character is plays, so “well-deserved” is an understatement when it comes to getting recognition.
It eventually felt like he was taking on roles for the sole purpose of the Academy Awards, with each character more difficult to tackle than the last. He transformed himself in 2010 from Shutter Island to Inception, in 2012 for Django Unchained, and in 2013, from The Great Gatsby to The Wolf of Wall Street. Still, no Oscar.
Finally, after his incredible portrayal of Hugh Glass in 2015’s The Revenant, he became an Oscar winner, scoring the Best Actor in a Leading Role award at the 2016 Academy Awards. So, understandably, DiCaprio took some time off. We’ve seen nothing new from him in 2016 or 2017, but according to IMDb, we can get excited to see him again in 2018. He’ll be making his comeback as Joe Petrosino in The Black Hand — maybe he’ll be up for Oscar No. 2?
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6. Anne Hathaway
No matter how famous Anne Hathaway gets, we’ll always think of her as Mia Thermopolis in her breakout role in 2001’s The Princess Diaries. That’s not to say she hasn’t had some seriously iconic roles over the years, such as Ella in 2004’s Ella Enchanted, Andy in 2006’s The Devil Wears Prada, and Fantine 2012’s Les Misérables — to name only a few.
Her talent seemingly knows no boundaries, but in 2017, she clearly needed to take a bit of a break. However, she’s coming back in a big way in 2018, with a role in the highly anticipated Ocean’s 8, as well as starring roles in Serenity, Barbie, and Nasty Women.
Next: She’ll be making a comeback with Hathaway.
7. Sandra Bullock
Sandra Bullock has taken a backseat in the acting world, with her most recent role being Jane in Our Brand Is Crisis in 2015. Up until then, she’d been at the forefront of Hollywood, with 2000’s Miss Congeniality (and its 2005 sequel), 2009’s The Blind Side, and 2013’s Gravity keeping her on the red carpet.
In 2018, she’ll be joining Hathaway in Ocean’s 8, in the form of a female power group. A number of other starring women including Cate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna, and Helena Bonham Carter.
Next: We’re excited to see more of this funny guy’s talents.
8. Jonah Hill
At one point, it seemed like Jonah Hill was popping up in every new movie. From Moneyball (2011) to 21 Jump Street (2012) to The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), he proved his ability to take on more than just the comedy genre.
He continued tackling some pretty prominent roles over the next few years, but 2017 appeared to be his year to step away. Granted, he lent his voice a few times, such as voicing the Green Lantern in The LEGO Batman Movie, but we haven’t seen him on screen since 2016.
According to IMDb, Hill has some new projects in the works, including 2018’s Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot. He’ll be starring alongside Rooney Mara, Jack Black, and Joaquin Phoenix, and it’s set to be released by Amazon Studios on May 11.
Next: He took a break after this emotional film.
9. Joaquin Phoenix
Speaking of Phoenix, it’s been a little while since we’ve seen him on screen, too. Since his 2013 blockbuster hit, Her, he’s pretty much laid low. He’s been in a total of three movies since then, but he’s already got a number of roles lined up for 2018.
In addition to Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot, you can expect to see him in Mary Magdalene and The Sisters Brothers
Next: Waiting for her return to this role has been difficult.
10. Evan Rachel Wood
As if HBO needed yet another critically acclaimed show, Westworld stunned viewers in 2016. Evan Rachel Wood breathed new life into her career by taking on the role of Dolores on the critically acclaimed sci-fi western series. The show was nominated for 22 Emmy Awards, and Wood herself has received a Critics’ Choice Award and Satellite Award in the Best Actress categories.
Once viewers reached the end of Season 1, they couldn’t wait for more. However, it turned out they would have to wait because Season 2 wouldn’t be coming back until spring 2018. Though the hype surrounding Westworld may have died down a bit between seasons, we’re anticipating Wood and her co-stars are at the forefront of Hollywood again with the premiere of Season 2.
Next: He may not age, but he’s coming back after over 20 years in Hollywood.
11. Paul Rudd
We’re not sure if Paul Rudd has actually aged since playing Josh in 1995’s Clueless, but we do know his over 20 years in Hollywood have been impressive. He’s become arguably one of the most lovable actors, mainly starring in comedies. Some of his most notable movies include Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004), I Love You, Man (2009), and This Is 40 (2012).
Of course, when he was cast as Scott Lang in Marvel’s Ant-Man in 2015, he took on a whole new type of character. However, his new superhero persona doesn’t come without some of his signature comedy.
Rudd only found himself in a few roles in 2017, one of which being Andy in Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later. 2018 definitely seems like it will be his year, considering his casting in at least four films that will be released. He’ll be bringing Ant-Man back to the screen, starring in Ant-Man and the Wasp.
Next: This mother of two is ready to return.
12. Blake Lively
Actress Blake Lively and husband Ryan Reynolds are a power couple if we’ve ever seen one. They’ve been married since 2012, and have daughters James, 3, and Ines, 1 — yet they still can’t stop gushing about each other. Since giving birth to Ines in 2016, it seems like Lively put the pause button on her acting career for 2017.
However, now that she’s likely used to having two kids around, she’ll be making her return with A Simple Favor, starring alongside Anna Kendrick.
Next: He’s picking up where he left off.
13. Michael B. Jordan
Actor Michael B. Jordan has come a long way since his iconic, yet tragic role as Wallace on The Wire in 2002. He overlapped as a key member of Friday Night Lights and Parenthood between the years of 2009 and 2011, which only made the crossover of the two shows even more obvious.
While he clearly does well on the TV screen, he’s since landed some career-defining movie roles. 2015 was a huge year for Jordan, with starring roles in Fantastic Four and Creed. Just when we thought he’d be appearing all over the place, the only credits he has to his name in 2016 and 2017 are in video games and video shorts.
He’s definitely picking up where he left off in 2018, taking on starring roles in Fahrenheit 451, Black Panther, and Creed II.
Next: She was destined for stardom from her first role.
14. Carey Mulligan
When Pride and Prejudice is the first movie you’ve ever been credited for on IMDb, you know you’re going to have a promising career. Carey Mulligan has certainly delivered just that, starring in a number of roles including Daisy Buchanan in 2013’s The Great Gatsby.
Though she’s been in a handful of movies and TV series since, we haven’t been seeing as much of her. Given that she’ll be starring alongside Jake Gyllenhaal in 2018’s Wildlife, she’s destined for some more lead roles soon.
Next: We want even more of this talented actor.
15. Bradley Cooper
As arguably one of the biggest actors of the era, Bradley Cooper somehow managed to slip out of the spotlight in 2017. He’s made his name with movies such as The Hangover (2009), Silver Linings Playbook (2012), and American Sniper (2014), but in 2017, we didn’t see him on the screen once. We did, however, hear his voice in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 as Rocket.
In 2018, he’ll be making his return to the screen as Jackson Maine in A Star Is Born. We’ve also gotten to hear him voice Rocket in Avengers: Infinity War, but we hope we get to see a bit more of the talented actor.
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