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20 Most Anticipated Performances of 2018

Posted on the 01 May 2018 by Shane Slater @filmactually
While movie lovers around the world are gearing up for another jam-packed summer slate of effects-driven films, more discerning cinephiles will also be eagerly anticipating movie magic of a different sort. Indeed, in the coming months and throughout the fall, audiences will be treated to the crème de la crème of arguably cinema's most spectacular element - the actors. Some of them will go on to garner Oscar buzz, while others will live on as fan favorites. Either way, the standout performers will never be forgotten. As we look ahead to what the remainder of 2018 has to offer, here are my 20 Most Anticipated Performances of 2018:
20. Margot Robbie in Mary Queen of Scots20 Most Anticipated Performances of 2018Robbie's mischievous acting persona should deliver a fresh take on this familiar role.
19. Saoirse Ronan in Mary Queen of Scots20 Most Anticipated Performances of 2018Saoirse Ronan has proven to be an acting queen, so it's perfectly fitting that she should play one now.
18. John David Washington in BlacKkKlansman 20 Most Anticipated Performances of 2018If Washington has inherited his father's acting skills, then this plum role could deliver one of the year's best performances.
17. Toni Collette in Hereditary20 Most Anticipated Performances of 2018Word on the street is that Collette goes for broke in one of her best performances yet.
16. Emily Blunt in Mary Poppins Returns20 Most Anticipated Performances of 2018If we really must go forward with this questionable sequel, then Emily Blunt is the ideal woman for the titular role.
15. Lady Gaga in A Star is Born20 Most Anticipated Performances of 2018If CinemaCon buzz is anything to go by, this could be a performance of a lifetime.
14. Christian Bale in Backseat20 Most Anticipated Performances of 2018Never one to phone it in, Bale's latest transformation could be another slam dunk.
13. Nicole Kidman in Destroyer20 Most Anticipated Performances of 2018I assume Kidman plays the titular character, because I'm ready to be slayed.
12. Melissa McCarthy in Can You Ever Forgive Me?20 Most Anticipated Performances of 2018Deft at both comedy and drama, this role should be a strong showcase for her considerable range.
11. Timothee Chalamet in Beautiful Boy 20 Most Anticipated Performances of 2018Having already showed his rare vulnerability as an actor, Chalamet could steal our hearts again with another devastating role.
10. Lakeith Stanfield in Sorry to Bother YouMost Anticipated Performances 2018If you watch FX's "Atlanta", then you'll know he's perfect for his wacky character.
9. Viola Davis in Widows20 Most Anticipated Performances of 2018Fierce Viola Davis is the best Viola Davis.
8. Cate Blanchett in Where'd You Go, Bernadette 20 Most Anticipated Performances of 2018Portrayed by one of our most reliably inspired actresses, this mysterious role is an enticing prospect.
7. Rami Malek in Bohemian Rhapsody20 Most Anticipated Performances of 2018Malek certainly looks the part as one of the most compelling personalities in music history.
6. Joel Edgerton in Boy Erased20 Most Anticipated Performances of 2018Having come close to an Oscar breakthrouh before, this villainous role could finally be his ticket.
5. Matthew McConaughey in Beach Bum20 Most Anticipated Performances of 2018Based solely on the premise, this seems like the role Matthew McConaughey was born to play.
4. Lucas Hedges in Boy Erased20 Most Anticipated Performances of 2018A potential star-making role for one of Hollywood's most gifted young actors.
3. Nicole Kidman in Boy Erased20 Most Anticipated Performances of 2018Few actresses bring as much depth to the "concerned mother" stock character as Nicole Kidman.
2. Claire Foy in The Girl in the Spider's Web20 Most Anticipated Performances of 2018A great actress in a great part seems like a match made in heaven to me.
1. Charlize Theron in Tully20 Most Anticipated Performances of 2018The last time Charlize Theron, Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody collaborated, it was simply #iconic.

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