on April 11, 2012

WASHINGTON D.C. -- Taylor Kitsch will receive the "CinemaCon Male Star of Tomorrow Award," it was announced today by the convention's managing director, Mitch Neuhauser. CinemaCon, the official convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), the largest and most important gathering of cinema owners and operators from around the world, will be held April 23 - 26, 2012, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Kitsch will be presented with this special honor at the "CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards" ceremony that will take place on Thursday evening, April 26, in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The Coca-Cola Company, the official presenting sponsor of CinemaCon, will host the final night gala awards program.

"Having impressed television audiences with his engrossing portrayal of a troubled Texas high-school fullback in ‘Friday Night Lights,' Kitsch continues to dive into each assigned role with an incredible passion that shines through in all of his work," said Neuhauser. "A talented young man with a bright future ahead of him entertaining moviegoing audiences around the world, I could not think of someone more fitting to be this year's ‘CinemaCon Male Star of Tomorrow.' We are honored to be able to present him with this award."

Kitsch will next be seen as Lt. Alex Hopper in this summer's "Battleship," which will be released on May 18 by Universal Pictures. Peter Berg ("Hancock," "The Kingdom," "Friday Night Lights") directs and produces this epic-scale action-adventure that unfolds across the seas, in the skies and over land as our planet fights for survival against a superior force. The film also stars Alexander Skarsgård, Rihanna, Brooklyn Decker, Tadanobu Asano and Liam Neeson.

Later this summer, Kitsch will be featured as a former Navy Seal and ex-mercenary in the new ferocious thriller from three-time Oscar® winner Oliver Stone, Universal's "Savages," which will be released on July 6. "Savages" features an all-star ensemble cast of Blake Lively, Aaron Johnson, John Travolta, Benicio Del Toro, Salma Hayek, Emile Hirsch and Demian Bichir.

Most recently seen in Disney's live-action film "John Carter," Kitsch, who grew up in British Columbia, began his acting career in 2002, when he moved to New York to study with renowned acting coach Sheila Grey. Within a year, he landed his first major feature film role in "Snakes on a Plane," before landing a role on NBC's critically acclaimed sports drama "Friday Night Lights." Additional film credits include the horror flick "The Covenant," the sci-fi action-adventure "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" and Steven Silver's "The Bang Bang Club."


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