20. Gael Garcia Bernal in The Ardor
Freshly announced at Cannes, this role sounds enticing.
19. Tommy Lee Jones in The Homesman
The character looks promising from the trailer, almost Coens-esque.
18. Cate Blanchett in Carol
Todd Haynes films tend to have great female roles and Blanchett has top billing.
17. Chadwick Boseman in Get On Up
James Brown was so eccentric, this character is bound to be interesting.
16. Guy Pearce in The Rover
He looks so intense in the trailers and he flourishes in that zone.
15. Hilary Swank in The Homesman
Sorry haters, I love me some Hilary Swank and she looked impressive in the trailer.
14. Mia Wasikowska in Tracks
Can't wait to see her in this strong role, acting in her natural accent!
13. Jack O'Connell in Unbroken
Watch out for this rising star.
12. Bryan Cranston in Godzilla
I love his fierce commitment to the emotions of the role.
11. Bradley Cooper in Serena
He continues to impress me and I'm hoping for more of the same here.
10. Johnny Depp in Into The Woods
Sure, the casting is obvious but it's also kinda perfect.
9. Meryl Streep in Into The Woods
Great role, great actress.
8. Jessica Chastain in Eleanor Rigby
A fascinating concept that should allow her to really stretch herself.
7. Michael Fassbender in Macbeth
Fassbender as Macbeth seems like such a colossal prospect.
6. Marion Cotillard in Macbeth
Cotillard always makes a great femme fatale (see "Inception", "A Very Long Engagement").
5. Gael Garcia Bernal in Rosewater
Great role, great actor.
4. Angelina Jolie in Maleficent
Angelina playing an iconic badass villain? #werk
3. Jennifer Lawrence in Serena
A juicy role that should show off her considerable dramatic chops.
2. Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl
FINALLY she gets a starring role befitting her talent.
1. Steve Carell in Foxcatcher
He's proven his skill in drama before and this role sounds amazing.