Casting cull for the next big hunk
A staple of British TV, starring in such series as "Shameless" and "State of Play" before capturing Hollywood's attention playing the faun Mr. Tumnus in "The Chronicles of Narnia." Career went into overdrive when he held his own opposite Forest Whitaker's Oscar-winning portrayal of Idi Amin in "The Last King of Scotland." McAvoy, 28, has already picked up the British equivalent of an Oscar for best supporting actor and rising star.

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Michael Caine

The scoop

A Glasgow native with a thick brogue, McAvoy has acting chops and a kicky insouciance but hasn't been tested in the box office arena. In the comic book adaptation "Wanted," he plays opposite Angelina Jolie and Morgan Freeman as a young man enlisted into a secret organization of assassins.

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Channing Tatum

Brawn factor, on a barbell scale of one to five

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A former model whose big break came in Ricky Martin's video "She Bangs." Tatum, 27, starred opposite teen star Amanda Bynes in "She's the Man" and headlined Disney's dance movie "Step Up," which cost $20 million and made $100 million worldwide.

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Marlon Brando and Burt Lancaster. A man's man.

The scoop

Though his movies haven't yet demanded any acting range, his charisma has wowed insiders. He reportedly break-danced for Kimberly Peirce at his audition for the Iraq veteran drama "Stop Loss," one of the most anticipated Oscar-hopeful projects of the fall. Already fielding offers for new action-adventure pics.

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Source: Rachel Abramowitz, Times staff writer