27 Overhyped Actors Who Were Supposed To Be The Next Big Thing... But Weren't

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Don't believe the hype.

All of the following actors were shoehorned into wannabe blockbusters or just hyped as the next big thing. Unfortunately, it didn't quite work out that way for any of them. Taylor Lautner is the hunky young werewolf from The Twilight Saga, but aside from looking good without a shirt, he hasn't made anyone scream about his acting. For a while in the late 1990s, every magazine hyped Leelee Sobieski. Now there is a whole generation who can't name one movie she's been in. Alex Pettyfer was one of the beefcakes on parade in Magic Mike, but some dumb comments in interviews soured the public's opinion of him and he lost his mojo. Brandon Routh was supposed to be the big screen's new Superman, but he was done after the lukewarm reception to Superman Returns and had to settle for being a TV superhero. Edward Furlong was the hot young star of Terminator 2: Judgment Day who was literally plucked out of nowhere -- the exact same place he returned to after his personal problems got the worst of him.

Other overhyped stars who never quite hit the stratosphere include Shailene Woodley, Fairuza Balk, Julia Ormond, Megan Fox, Minnie Driver, Chad Michael Murray and many more. Do you remember when they were supposedly "it?" Read on! Get Started