'Speed' guy ShoWest star of tomorrow


"Into the Wild" star Emile Hirsch will be honored as male star of tomorrow at ShoWest 2008.

Hirsch, who stars in Warner Bros.' spring release "Speed Racer," will be feted March 13 at an awards gala set to close the exhibition confab. ShoWest begins March 10 at the Bally's and Paris hotels in Las Vegas.

"ShoWest has a long-standing tradition of honoring breakout actors," ShoWest co-managing director Mitch Neuhauser said. "Since making his big-screen debut in 'The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys,' Hirsch has gone on to captivate audiences and critics with his ability to immerse himself in a wide variety of characters."

Hirsh won the National Board of Review's award for a breakthrough performance and received a rising star award at this year's Palm Springs International Film Festival. He also was nominated for two SAG Awards, a Critics Choice Award and a Gotham Award for his portrayal of idealistic college graduate Christopher McCandless.

Hirsch's next film project will be the Gus Van Sant-helmed biopic "Milk."

ShoWest is produced by Nielsen Film Group, a unit of Nielsen Business Media.