Chris Pine, who plays the young Captain Kirk in JJ Abrams' summer release Star Trek, will be the ShoWest Male Star Of Tomorrow when the Las Vegas event runs from March 30-April 2.

Pine has also lined up a starring role in the viral outbreak thriller Carriers. His credits include Smokin' Aces, Bottle Shock and Just My Luck.

'ShoWest has a history of recognising major talents at the very earliest points in their rising careers,' event organizer Mitch Neuhauser said.

'Pine's impressive skills on the screen and stage will be sure to be showcased, with his performance as Captain Kirk, in the much anticipated release of Star Trek in theatres May 8. We could not be more excited to honour Chris Pine as this year's Male Star Of Tomorrow.'