Zendaya to receive CinemaCon Star of the Year Award

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Zendaya stars as Chani in Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune” films. [Warner Bros. photo]

Movie star and two-time Primetime Emmy Award winner Zendaya will receive this year’s CinemaCon Star of the Year Award later this month.

CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners, will take place April 24-27, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

Zendaya will be presented the special honor at the Big Screen Achievement Awards ceremony taking place on April 27 at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, according to a news release.

“In just a few short years, Zendaya has captured audiences’ attention with her compassionate performance on the small screen as Rue in ‘Euphoria’ and has drawn audiences in on the big screen with her performances in ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home,’ ‘The Greatest Showman’ and ‘Dune,’” Mitch Neuhauser, managing director of CinemaCon, said in a statement.

“We could not be more honored to present Zendaya with this year’s CinemaCon Star of the Year Award.”

Later this year, Zendaya will return to her role as Chani in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ “Dune: Part Two.” This follow-up film will explore the mythic journey of Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) as he unites with Chani and the Fremen while on a warpath of revenge against the conspirators who destroyed his family. Facing a choice between the love of his life and the fate of the known universe, he endeavors to prevent a terrible future only he can foresee.

Also, Zendaya can be seen this fall in MGM’s bold new romantic sports drama called “Challengers,” starring Mike Faist (“West Side Story”) and Josh O’Connor (“The Crown,” “God’s Own Country”) and directed by Luca Guadagnino (“Bones and All,” “Call Me by Your Name”).

With a childhood spent at the local theater where her mother worked, Zendaya began her career performing in Oakland, California, before making her foray into television starring in the hit Disney Channel series “Shake it Up” and “K.C. Undercover.”

Her role as Rue on the critically acclaimed television series “Euphoria” earned her two Emmy Awards for Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series, making her the youngest women ever to win an Emmy in this category.

Zendaya has made a name for herself on the big screen as well, starting with her feature film debut in “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” where she joined the Spider-Man Universe. Her other notable projects include “Malcolm & Marie,” which she helped create and produce during the pandemic, the sporty sequel “Space Jam: A New Legacy” and the animated film “Smallfoot.”

CinemaCon attracts upwards of 6,000 motion picture professionals from all facets of the industry – from exhibition and distribution to the equipment and concession areas – all on hand to celebrate the movie-going experience and the cinema industry. CinemaCon has both the International Cinema Technology Association (ICTA) and National Association of Concessionaires (NAC) as its tradeshow partners.

The National Association of Theatre Owners is the largest exhibition trade organization in the world, representing more than 35,000 movie screens in all 50 states and more than 32,000 screens in 100 countries worldwide. Its membership includes the largest cinema chains in the world as well as hundreds of independent theater owners.


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