Samuel L. Jackson will receive the “2018 Cinema Icon Award,” it was announced today by Mitch Neuhauser, Managing Director of CinemaCon. CinemaCon, the official convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), will be held April 23-26, 2018, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Jackson will be presented with this special honor at the “CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards” ceremony, which takes place on the evening of Thursday, April 26, at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace—hosted by the Coca-Cola Company, the official presenting sponsor of CinemaCon.
“With more than 100 films to his credit and over three decades of bringing some of the most memorable characters to the big screen, Samuel L. Jackson has made an undeniable mark on global movie-going audiences,” noted Neuhauser. “With characters ranging from Jules Winnfield in ‘Pulp Fiction’ and Carl Lee Hailey in ‘A Time to Kill’ to Nick Fury in the ‘Iron Man,’ ‘Avengers’ and ‘Captain America’ films, Jackson has given us every reason to go to the movies. We are honored to be able to present him with the ‘2018 Cinema Icon Award.’”
Early next year Jackson will return as Elijah Price, known also by his pseudonym Mr. Glass, as M. Night Shyamalan brings together the narratives of Touchstone’s ”Unbreakable” and Universal’s “Split” for an all new comic-book thriller “Glass,” to be released by Universal Pictures in North America on January 18, 2019, and by Buena Vista International abroad. Bruce Willis will return in his role of David Dunn from “Unbreakable,” and James McAvoy and Anya Taylor-Joy will reprise their roles as Kevin Wendell Crumb and the multiple identities who reside within and Casey Cook, the only captive to survive an encounter with The Beast. Joining the all-star cast are “Unbreakable’s” Spencer Treat Clark and Charlayne Woodard, who reprise their roles as Dunn’s son and Price’s mother, as well as Golden Globe Award winner Sarah Paulson. “Glass” is produced by Shyamalan and Blumhouse Production’s Jason Blum along with Ashwin Rajan and Marc Bienstock and Steven Schneider, who executive produces.
Jackson recently wrapped production on New Line’s “Son of Shaft” and is currently in production on Marvel’s “Captain Marvel” opposite Brie Larson. Jackson will next be seen in “Avengers: Infinity War,” which arrives on April 27, 2018, and will reprise his role as Frozone in Disney/Pixar’s highly anticipated sequel, “The Incredibles 2,” which opens June 15, 2018.
The performer’s career began upon his graduation from Morehouse College in Atlanta with a degree in dramatic arts. His many film credits include “School Daze,” “Goodfellas,” “Jungle Fever,” “Patriot Games,” “Jurassic Park,” “Pulp Fiction,” “Die Hard with a Vengeance,” “The Long Kiss Goodnight,” “Jackie Brown,” “Star Wars Episode One: The Phantom Menace,” “Rules of Engagement,” “Shaft” “Unbreakable,” “The Incredibles,” “Coach Carter,” “Snakes on a Plane,” “Soul Men,” “Iron Man 2,” “The Avengers,” “Django Unchained,” “RoboCop,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Chiraq,” and “The Hateful Eight.” He is currently in production on the “Shaft” reboot, “Son of Shaft,” and will soon begin production on “Captain Marvel.”