Summer Heat: With a pair of 2012 action thrillers already in the can ("Underworld: Awakening," "Contraband"), Beckinsale will go for the hat trick in her husband Len Wiseman's reimagining of "Total Recall." She plays Lori, a role previously portrayed by Sharon Stone in the 1990 version and the more feisty of the film's two female leads.
What would a blockbuster be without a damsel in distress to save, or a femme fatale to fight? A whole lot less fabulous, that's what.
Throughout the world, the summer movies season is synonymous with chiseled male champions braving larger-than-life adventures. But judging by the crop of broad comedies and action extravaganzas being offered up in the coming months, it looks like the ladies may give their A-list counterparts of the opposite sex a run for their money.
Have a look at 20 starlets who are going to steal the cinematic spotlight.