By People Staff
December 22, 2014 12:00 PM

JAMIE DORNAN & DAKOTA JOHNSON

The daughter of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson, 25, gets kinky with Irishman Dornan, 32, in the Fifty Shades of Grey adaptation, opening (when else?) on Valentine’s Day.

PENTATONIX

Move over, Pitch Perfect cast: These a cappella YouTube sensations have rocked the charts and landed a Grammy nod. Next year they’ll be harmonizing on a new album and North American tour.

KATHY GRIFFIN

Uncensored, unafraid and hilarious, Griffin was the name floated to replace the late Joan Rivers on Fashion Police. With the blessing of Melissa Rivers, the Chicagoan, 54, hits the red carpet in January. “Kathy just feels right,” says Melissa. We agree.

MILES TELLER

The Divergent actor, 27, is one of Hollywood’s hottest stars, with five movies in 2015, including a role as superstretchy Mr. Fantastic in the new Fantastic Four.

JOHN BOYEGA

Before landing a starring role in J.J. Abrams’s Star Wars: Episode VII—The Force Awakens (out next December), Boyega had done only a handful of roles in his native England. Now it looks like the Force is with him.

LARRY WILMORE

Bad news: The Colbert Report ends this year. Good news: In January Wilmore, The Daily Show’s “senior black correspondent,” 53, brings his own show to Stephen Colbert’s old time slot.

ELLIE KEMPER

She’s played ditzy scene stealers in The Office and Bridesmaids. Now the Princeton grad gets her own series in March, starring as a woman who escapes a cult in the Tina Fey-created Netflix comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

KATY PERRY

February is shaping up to be the “Dark Horse” singer’s month—she’s headlining the Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show (Feb. 1) a week before the Grammys (Feb. 8), where she’s up for two honors. All that—and she’s rumored to be recording and releasing her highly anticipated fifth studio album.

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THEY’VE KEPT A LOW PROFILE. BUT NEXT YEAR THESE STARS WILL TAKE CENTER STAGE

LORENZO RICHELMY

The handsome Italian, 24, will steam things up in the new Netflix TV series Marco Polo—and yet he remains humble. “I don’t really like myself,” he tells PEOPLE.

LILY JAMES

The actress, 25, who portrays outspoken cousin Rose on Downton Abbey, has big (glass) slippers to fill when she takes on the title role of Ella in next March’s Cinderella, starring alongside Cate Blanchett and Helena Bonham Carter.

KATIE HOLMES

She’s been focused on being a mom, but Holmes, 36, is returning to TV, playing Jackie Kennedy (again) in The Kennedys—After Camelot, which begins filming next spring.

ADELE

The superprivate Grammy winner, 26, is expected to give the world her third studio album, 25, in 2015. But she’s keeping its release date hush-hush for now.

TERRENCE HOWARD

He landed an Academy Award nomination for 2005’s Hustle & Flow, but next year Howard, 45, gets his showiest role in years, playing a music mogul presiding over a backstabbing dynasty in the glossy Fox soap Empire.

COLIN FARRELL

After a meteoric rise in the early 2000s, Farrell, 38, has worked mostly in independent film. Now he’s stepping into Matthew McConaughey‘s boots, starring in the new season of HBO’s True Detective.

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