CinemaCon: Dave Franco Earns Breakthrough Performer Award

Neighbors 2 Cast Photo
CARLA GALLO, IKE BARINHOLTZ, ZAC EFRON, SETH ROGEN and ROSE BYRNE return for ‘Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising’ (Photo Credit: Chuck Zlotnick © 2015 Universal Studios)
CinemaCon has named Dave Franco winner of their 2016 Breakthrough Performer of the Year Award. Franco, who has three films – Neighbors 2: Sorority House, Now You See Me 2, and Nerve – heading to theaters later this year, will be recognized during the Big Screen Achievement Awards on April 14, 2016 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

CinemaCon is the annual gathering of members of the National Association of Theatre Owners. This year’s convention will run April 11-14, wrapping up with the awards ceremony at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

“Since first grabbing the attention of audiences with his role in 21 Jump Street, Franco has gone on to steal scenes in films such as Neighbors and Now You See Me,” said Mitch Neuhauser, Managing Director of CinemaCon. “With anticipated follow-ups Neighbors 2: Sorority House, Now You See Me 2 and then Nerve later on in the year, Franco is poised to breakout as a leading man this year and we are excited to be honoring him this year.”

In addition to Dave Franco, CinemaCon will present awards to Zac Efron, Anna Kendrick, Adam DeVine, Keanu Reeves, Gina Rodriguez, Jack Huston, Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Christina Applegate, Kathryn Hahn and Annie Mumolo.

Details on Now You See Me 2: The Four Horsemen (Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Franco, Lizzy Caplan) return for a second mind-bending adventure, elevating the limits of stage illusion to new heights and taking them around the globe. One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public’s adulation with their Robin Hood-style magic spectacles, the illusionists resurface for a comeback performance in hopes of exposing unethical practices of a tech magnate. The man behind their vanishing act is none other than Walter Marry (Daniel Radcliffe) a tech prodigy who threatens the Horsemen into pulling off their most impossible heist yet. Their only hope is to perform one last unprecedented stunt to clear their names and reveal the mastermind behind it all.

Details on Nerve: Industrious high school senior, Vee DeMarco (Emma Roberts) has had it with living life on the sidelines. When pressured by friends to join the popular online game Nerve, Vee decides to sign up for just one dare in what seems like harmless fun. But as she finds herself caught up in the thrill of the adrenaline-fueled competition, the game begins to take a sinister turn with increasingly dangerous acts, leading her into a high stakes finale that will determine her entire future.