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Meet James Corden (we think you'll like him)

Boise Weekly met James Corden a year ago. We think that's a pretty big deal. You may disagree because you may not know who he is but in about four months, we really think you'll like him. He's immensely talented--a fine comic actor with an off-the-charts likeability factor--and he's a nice, humble fellow.

It was the night of Sept. 9, 2013. The scene was glitz and glamour at the Toronto International Film Festival, two weeks full of world-premiere screenings. The evening's gem of a comedy was One Chance, starring Corden and the always-fine comic talents of Colm Meaney and Julie Walters. Sadly, paparazzi practically ran Corden over to get closer to Taylor Swift, who had recorded a song for the film's soundtrack and was also walking the red carpet that night. Corden could have been an usher for all the press corps knew--an easy mistake to make because of his genuine everyman quality--so he had a pretty good laugh that evening, in spite of himself, while much of the press (particularly TV cameras) zoomed right past for a glimpse of Swift, who was all too pleased to pose.

Since that night, we've been telling anyone who will listen about how great One Chance is. We even listed it as one of our favorite movies of 2013 yet, a year later, it still hasn't found proper distribution and has been pulled from Boise's schedule multiple times. In the meantime, you might want to get a glimpse of Corden in a small supporting role in Begin Again, another musical and one of this summer's few movies worth paying full admission for.

And there is another reason to sing Corden's praises: He is set to star in this year's biggest movie musical, Into the Woods, a twisted take on fairy tales, which opens nationwide Christmas Day. Corden plays the Baker opposite Emily Blunt as his Wife.

The all-singing cast also includes Anna Kendrick, Johnny Depp, Chris Pine, Meryl Streep and Tracey Ullman. (If you were lucky enough to see Idaho Shakespeare Festival's delicious 2008 production of Into the Woods, you'll remember that the role of the Baker is the male lead.)

From the silver screen to the Great White Way, Corden gained some major acting cred in 2012, when he took home the Best Actor Tony Award for his sold-out Broadway run in the comedy One Man, Two Guvnors, beating renowned actors Frank Langella and Philip Seymour Hoffman for the Best Actor trophy.

Dr. Who fans might remember Corden from his 2010 turn in the Tardis in an episode called "The Lodger," and for a TV treat, watch Gavin and Stacey, a British sitcom that aired 2007-2010. Corden had a scene-stealing supporting role as Gavin's best friend Smithy, but few people know that Corden co-created and co-wrote the show with Ruth Jones (who played Stacey's best friend Nessa). Gavin and Stacey became a cult classic and is available for streaming on our side of the pond on Amazon, Hulu and Netflix.

But here's the real Corden stunner: The Londoner is set to become late night television's next big thing, joining Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Seth Meyers. It's common knowledge that in 2015, David Letterman will be retiring from the Late Show. It's less known, however, that Letterman's CBS colleague, Craig Ferguson, who has hosted The Late, Late Show since 2005, is set to leave his gig at the end of this year and, according to the BBC, CBS has been not-so-quietly hinting it wants Corden as his replacement, which would complement Stephen Colbert's upcoming assignment as the new host of the Late Show.

"Will James Corden take America by storm?" asked the UK's Telegraph earlier this month.

"Who is James Corden?" asked E Online.

"Where did he come from?" asked Vulture.com.

Now you know.

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