Age: 22
Best projects: Half Nelson (2006), The Wire (2006 – 2008, HBO), 90210 (2008 – Present, The CW), Red Tails (2012)

Admittedly, the news that The Wire’s breakout star Tristan Wilds was heading from the mean streets of Baltimore to the sunny strips of Beverly Hills for The CW’s fancy-pants reboot 90210 was a bit of a shock. Yet, simply to see if Wilds has what it takes to groom a diverse career, we gave the teen soap opera a chance, and, wouldn’t you know it, he’s pretty damn good at playing a privileged nice guy.

Now if only Wilds could parlay his 90210 efforts into a bountiful movie career. This year’s much anticipated but quickly dissipated Tuskegee Airmen film, Red Tails, was a start, but it’s about time for Wilds to be given the chance to answer those “Where is Hollywood's next black leading man?” questions.