Zendaya will receive this year’s CinemaCon Star of the Year Award. Mitch Neuhauser, the convention’s managing director, made the announcement. CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners, will be held April 24-27 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
Zendaya will be presented with thel honor at the Big Screen Achievement Awards ceremony taking place on the evening of Thursday, April 27, at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, which is hosted by official presenting sponsor The Coca-Cola Company.
“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,” said Neuhauser. “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 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.
Zendaya can be seen this fall in MGM’s bold new romantic sports drama called Challengers, starring Zendaya, Mike Faist (West Side Story), and Josh O’Connor (The Crown, God’s Own Country), directed by Luca Guadagnino (Bones and All, Call Me by Your Name).
With a childhood spent at the local theatre 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.