The National Association of Theater Owners (NATO) clearly sees big things in Chris Pine’s very near future, as Star Trek’s new Captain Kirk will receive the CinemaCon Male Star of the Year Award on April 18, during the annual NATO convention at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

“With this summer's Star Trek Into Darkness … and then at year's end, with the release of Jack Ryan, without a doubt 2013 is going to be Chris Pine's year," CinemaCon managing director Mitch Neuhauser told The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday. "Chris Pine has emerged as one of Hollywood's hottest and most accomplished young actors, and CinemaCon is thrilled to honor him as its 2013 Male Star of the Year."

Pine, of course, will next be seen in Star Trek Into Darkness, opening May 17. Jack Ryan will be released on Christmas Day. Pine, according to The Hollywood Reporter, will receive his CinemaCon Star of the Year Award during the NATO convention’s closing-night gala on April 18.
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