*Jaden Smith, star of the upcoming Columbia Pictures remake of “The Karate Kid,” will be crowned Breakthrough Male Star of the Year at the upcoming ShoWest convention, organized by the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO).
The son of actors Will and Jada Pinkett Smith will be presented with the award Wednesday during the group’s annual exhibitor’s convention at the Las Vegas’ Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas hotels.
ShoWest also will screen “Kid” that same day, three months ahead of its June 11 theatrical release.
“Jaden Smith is an exceptional young actor who has delivered a true breakout performance with his portrayal of Dre Parker in ‘The Karate Kid,’ ” Robert Sunshine, managing director of the event said.
His film credits include “The Pursuit of Happyness” and a remake of “The Day the Earth Stood Still.”