Tue 17 Oct 2017, 10:00
In the past, most actors used TV series as a springboard into a career as a movie star. But now, with binge-watching and high-quality television being the norm, more and more Hollywood big wigs are opting for the small screen.
When Matthew McConaughey won a Best Actor award for his role in True Detective, he touched on this trend saying: “Television is raising the bar on the character-driven drama series… Where else do you get to see that introduction to character so patiently unfold on the screen? Plus, you’ve got the weekly episodes. You’ve got the Monday-morning watercooler talk…”
Here are five movie stars you’ll spot on the series line-up in October:
If you’ve been watching the latest intriguing season of Ray Donovan, you might have noticed yet another award-winning A-lister. Susan Sarandon plays Samantha Winslow, the head of a motion picture studio with a few skeletons in her closet.
Fans of Seth Rogen movies Pineapple Express and This Is the End will recognise and appreciate Danny’s comedic timing in the new series, Vice Principals. Danny is also a co-creator on the series. He plays a short-tempered, disliked vice-principal vying for the top spot when the principal (played by movie legend Bill Murray) retires.
Her career started out on TV in the 90s when she played Mary Camden in 7th Heaven, but before long Jessica Biel became a fully fledged movie star, appearing in teen flicks Summer Catch and Elizabethtown as well as other box office hits like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Blade: Trinity and New Year’s Eve. This month, you’ll see her as a mom who has committed a gruesome crime for unknown reasons in The Sinner.
At age 20, Timothy Hutton became the youngest male actor to win an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (for the 1980 film Ordinary People). He went on to star in a number of films appearing in the odd series episode until the 2000s, when he took on more regular roles. His talent has been showcased more than ever in the award-winning series American Crime, for which he received an Emmy nomination.
Who can forget a young Joseph Fiennes as the charismatic William Shakespeare in 1998’s Shakespeare in Love? He was an instant star and clearly a first choice for many directors as he become one of Hollywood’s leading men. This month, you can see him as a high-ranking government official in the critically acclaimed and multiple Emmy winner The Handmaid’s Tale.