Roberts star of tomorrow at ShoWest


Emma Roberts will be honored as Female Star of Tomorrow at ShoWest, the annual film industry convention that will be held March 12-15 at the Bally's and Paris hotels in Las Vegas.

Roberts next stars in "Nancy Drew," a family mystery adventure built around the character of the teen detective, which Warner Bros. Pictures will release June 15.

Roberts will be presented with the award March 15 at the convention's closing-night ceremony.

Mitch Neuhauser, ShoWest co-managing director, said that Roberts, "while still in her teens ... has emerged as an actress with a remarkable range of talent, on the big screen as well as on television. ShoWest has always taken great pride in its long-standing tradition of recognizing the top stars of tomorrow with this award, as exemplified by our 2006 honoree, Jennifer Hudson."

Roberts first was cast as the daughter of Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz in 2001's "Blow," directed by the late Ted Demme. She starred opposite Joey Lauren Adams in 2002's "Grand Champion" and also appeared in 2006's "Aquamarine."

Roberts has starred for the past three years as Addie Singer in the Nickelodeon comedy series "Unfabulous."

Produced by Warners and Virtual Studios, "Nancy Drew" is based on characters created by Carolyn Keene. The film, with a screenplay by Andrew Fleming and Tiffany Paulsen, is directed by Fleming and produced by Jerry Weintraub, who will be honored as ShoWest producer of the year.

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