17 Movie Actors Who Must Move to TV

at .  Updated at .

Movie actors are making the making the move to television faster than you can write an article about it, whether to better their careers, give 'em a kick in the pants or just because the material is that good.

Winona Ryder is in an upcoming miniseries and just joined an untitled Netflix series and Kevin Costner was thinking about joining an Amazon production. Actors know their chance to truly develop characters is found on the small screen.

We think these actors should give it a whirl, too. Let us know if you agree.

1. Nicolas Cage

Nicolas Cage
Nic Cage won the Acadamy Award for Leading Actor in 1996 for his portrayal of a man who decided to kill himself by way of alcoholism in Leaving Las Vegas. He was nominated again for his role in the dark comedy Adaptation. It's been downhill ever since for the prolific actor. Whether it's his choice of material or something else, this once successful and respected actor has lost his edge. Television is just waiting for him, 10-13 hours of well-written scripts could allow him the opportunity to showcase his brilliance once again.

2. Keanu Reeves

Keanu Reeves
Speed, Point Break, The Matrix trilogy. Can you imagine any of these films being successful without Keanu Reeves? Just think about Speed 2 for the answer to that question. Then why, given the blockbuster status Reeves once achieved, can't he do much better than John Wick now? Because we're in the time of TV now, and it's time for Reeves to do for TV what he did for blockbusters. Grace it with his presence.

3. Annette Bening

Annette Bening
Annette Bening has been nominated for four Academy Awards, including her roles in American Beauty, The Grifters and Being Julia. Her most recent nomination was for The Kids Are All Right in 2011, an independent flick that didn't get a lot of traction at the box office. She still does great work, but people need reminded of her force. Television has a way of doing that!

4. Michael Keaton

Michael Keaton
Yes, Michael Keaton was just nominated for an Oscar for his role in Birdman. However, many people will readily admit Birdman wasn't a great movie, and they voted for his overall body of work rather because the performance afforded them the opportunity rather than on individual merit. Hey, I only read the trades, I don't give the interviews or write the stories (well, not those stories, anyway). Let's see the Michael Keaton of The Dream Team, Beatlejuice, The Other Guys and Birdman have his chance to shine with a leading role in a dark comedy. Wouldn't he be great in Fargo Season 3?

5. Orlando Bloom

Orlando Bloom
Where in the heck is Orlando Bloom? He's a master of the ensemble cast (think Pirates of the Carribbean or The Lord of the Rings), but has yet to really stand on his own as a leading man. His romantic endeavors have fallen flat. Maybe there's something he can do on a cable series that would afford him the chance to stand out from the crowd. He has the looks and the acting skills, just not the right venue as of yet.

6. Renee Zellweger

Renee Zellweger
More attention has been paid to Renee Zellweger's appearance over the last couple of years than to her talent, and considering what she have us in the past with performances such as those in Jerry McGuire, Bridget Jones's Diary and her best actress in a supporting role winning role in Cold Mountain, that's a real shame. I'd like to see her in something the likes of Web Therapy or HAPPYish.

Wait! There's more Movie Actors Who Must Move to TV! Just click "Next" below:

Show Comments
Photo Galleries
Related Photos:
Photo Galleries Slideshows
Related Posts:
Created by: