One to watch: Miles Teller

Effortless comic timing and instant likeability meets a bulging list of upcoming films


I just can’t seem to get away from actor Miles Teller at the moment. Not in a creepy hiding-in-the-shadows kind of way. But in all my films of choice recently – there he is.


I hesitate to suggest he’s exploded onto the scene. He’s probably spent years honing his craft, paying his dues and all that jazz.

Instead, I’ll just say this is an actor to have on your radar.

I first came across Teller in That Awkward Moment, a comedy film for twentysomethings that charts the lives of three friends making a pact to stay single. Miller has to compete against a butt naked Zac Efron, and he still manages to stand out.

He’s got effortless comic timing. And that instant likeability that makes you wish you hung around with him in real life. I’m starting to sound like I’m the one hiding in the shadows now…

But Teller can turn on the troubled teen thing, too. Yep, there he is in Divergent. A hot fave for young moviegoers, who no doubt loved the books, as well. I’ve only just joined the world of Divergent fandom, catching this on Blinkbox rather than at the cinema because my finger is so firmly on the pulse…

In a nutshell, Divergent sees society split into different factions. Your faction has a certain way of life. Follow it or be forced to live on the outskirts of this fabricated society.

Teller plays Peter, a member of Dauntless, the faction with the task of keeping the peace. Peter beats the crap out of female lead Tris (Shailene Woodley) simply because he’s told to (incidently, he can also be caught smooching Woodley in romantic drama The Spectacular Now, which made waves at The Sundance Film Festival in 2013). 

But he can double back to the cheeky movies, too. While he shoots the Divergent follow up Insurgent, next on the list for Teller is Two Night Stand, in which a one-night stand goes bad for Teller’s character Alec, after a snowstorm traps him in his flat with a girl he’s left, shall I say, ‘unimpressed’.

Maybe he should show her some of these dance moves he learnt as Willard back in the 2011 remake of Footloose? Yep, he can groove too. Well, eventually.

Given the current penchant for superhero movies (see Guardians of the Galaxy’s opening weekend takings for example), Teller has also made the wise decision to join the reboot of The Fantastic Four, which is due to be released next year. He’ll play Mr Fantastic, with a sequel already in the works.

And a rumoured match up with Emma Watson for La La Land, the story of a jazz pianist who falls for an actress, pretty much ties a neat bow around the whole thing.   


Time to add some of these to your watch list.