LOS ANGELES - Vanessa Hudgens and Alex Pettyfer, stars of the upcoming film Beastly will receive the ShoWest 2010 Female and Male Star of Tomorrow Awards, it was announced today by Robert Sunshine, managing director of the event, which will be held March 15-18, in Las Vegas. Hudgens and Pettyfer will be presented with the ShoWest Stars of Tomorrow Awards at ShoWest's Final Night Banquet and Award Ceremony on Thursday, March 18, at Bally's and Paris Las Vegas.
"We are delighted to be able to present two outstanding young talents with this year's Female and Male Star of Tomorrow Awards," said Sunshine. "ShoWest has had much experience honoring talent from a wide range of backgrounds and this certainly is no exception. We are very pleased to honor co-stars Vanessa Hudgens and Alex Pettyfer with the 2010 ShoWest Star of Tomorrow Awards."
Vanessa Hudgens and Alex Pettyfer star in Beastly an edgy teen romance about learning how to see past false surfaces to discover true inner beauty. CBS Films will release the film in July 2010.
Kyle Kingson (Alex Pettyfer) is 17 and has it all - he's hot, popular, rich and gets whatever he wants... but he also has a vicious cruel side, fueled by his obsession with the 'in crowd' and his contempt for those who don't fit in. He finally targets the wrong person: Goth girl classmate Kendra (Mary-Kate Olsen) who seeks revenge in the form of a spell that physically transforms him into someone unrecognizable - and horribly unattractive. The only way to reverse the curse is to find someone who will love him in his new form - a task he doesn't think possible. His only chance may rest in whether he can see beyond his superficial ways and find true love with an unassuming classmate (Vanessa Hudgens) who values everything he isn't. "Beastly" also stars Peter Krause (Parenthood), Lisa Gay Hamilton (The Soloist) and Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother). The film was written and directed by Daniel Barnz (Phoebe in Wonderland), which is based on the Alex Flinn novel of the same name. Susan Cartsonis (No Reservations, What Women Want) is producing through her company, Storefront Pictures, with Roz Weisberg co-producing.
Vanessa Hudgens began her career in musical theater at the age of eight with early roles in productions such as Evita, The Wizard of Oz and Cinderella. She made her feature film debut in Catherine Hardwicke's Thirteen. Hudgens also co-starred in Thunderbirds. She is best known, however, for her breakaway role in High School Musical as Gabrielle Montez, the sweet girl torn between an attraction for basketball jock Troy Bolton and the school musical auditions. Hudgens was also seen in follow ups High School Musical 2 and High School Musical 3: Senior Year. Hudgens starred last year in Bandslam and recently wrapped production on Zack Snyder's highly anticipated film Sucker Punch.
Alex Pettyfer, a popular London actor and model, began his acting career by playing Willy Wonka in a school production of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. He first appeared on television in 2005 in the critically acclaimed UK mini-series Tom Brown's Schooldays, where he starred as the title character; this led to his next role as Alex Rider in Stormbreaker.