Although Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Willis are still kicking butt on the big screen, Hollywood has been in a constant search for the next generation of action heroes that can match the staying power of those big three.
We present 15 actors and actresses who fit the bill and with the passage of time could prove to be the ones who take the mantle of Hollywood action star from those titanic three who show no willingness to slow down. And who can blame them? Until someone steps up, the title is still theirs.
With roles in G.I. Joe, White House Down and 21 and 22 Jump Street, Tatum is on his way. Of anyone on this list... we'd put money on Tatum being the next big action movie hero. That is... if he wants it.
He's starred with Bruce Willis in A Good Day to Die Hard and is set to take to action in Divergent and as Kyle Reese in the Terminator reboot (a film series that had something to do with Schwarzenegger). He's got the cred!
Although he hasn't had to do much action in The Hunger Games, he's poised to in Mockingjay! He could easily be the next action hero, he just needs the right role in the right movie. His short turn in The Expendables 2 does not count!
Although Hercules did not do so well, there is no question that Kellan Lutz has the physique for the action hero roles that could come his way. In the Twilight Saga, he got a little action, but look for this stud to kick some serious ass in the future.
Being a stripper in Magic Mike could qualify as action, but not the type we're talking about here. Pettyfer did solid work in I Am Number Four and if he wanted to segue into an action hero role, he could easily do it.
Wouldn't that be awesome if both Chris and Liam Hemsworth were to become bona fide action heroes with dozens of credits under their belts like Stallone and Willis do now? It could happen and with Chris' work in Red Dawn and the Thor and Avengers movies, he may be even more qualified than his little brother.
Chris Pine has natural talents that make him a shoe-in for action hero in the making. His work on Star Trek, Jack Ryan and even This Means War shows that he can simultaneously charm and swoop into action hero mode. Plus, he is the rare "thinking person's" action hero that we think audiences crave in the 21st century.
Sam Worthington has done action, even as an all-blue creature in Avatar! He has the build, the screen persona and the moves to be an action star of the new century. His passion for smaller films also keeps him grounded. He is a strong candidate for action hero of the future for sure!
Chloe Moretz already showed us that she can Kick-Ass. As Hit Girl in the action franchise, Moretz fought tough alongside the big boys. With a little more experience, she could easily embody characters like Linda Hamilton in the Terminator movies.
Whether in his own Captain America movies or in The Avengers, Chris Evans knows action. Outside of the Marvel world, he's done smaller movies more often than not. But, if there is anyone who could command the dramatic power of an action hero, along with the phycial prowess to command in that role, it is Evans.
Jason Momoa is an action hero awaiting the right action movie. Period. Sure, Conan was a misfire, but it would have been for anyone playing that role. Look for more from Momoa as he has a Schwarzenegger meets Stallone persona and physique.