The trailer for 'Eat, Pray, Love' has made us realize two things: 1.) How much we've missed seeing Julia Roberts star in a big, sparkly feel-good film, and 2.) No actress has stepped up to the plate to succeed her as America's most beloved film actress.

Not that she seems wholly ready to abdicate her throne, but Roberts has made it clear in recent years that she intends to star in fewer films and spend more time with her family. And the fact remains that she's simply too old for certain roles -- specifically, the types of roles that made her famous ('Pretty Woman,' 'Steel Magnolias'). That's not a bad thing, and Roberts is aging into arguably better, more-complex fare; she was stellar in Mike Nichols' dark drama 'Closer' and won an Oscar for her role in 'Erin Brockovich.'

Roberts rose to fame as something of a complex ingenue: There was always something relatable yet unknowable behind those big brown eyes, an elusiveness that endeared her to film audiences. That je ne sais quoi helped her become the biggest female movie star in the world, but, in its wake, it's also created an as-yet unfilled void in American cinema. Who can possibly stand tall in the shoes of a star whose films have grossed over $2 billion at the box office? Is there a young actress out there with the chops and charm to be beloved by both critics and audiences?

Maybe. There may even be two -- if they are up to the challenge.
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