Adam Driver is a busy man. The tall, knobby, 31-year-old actor — and bit of a heartthrob — who broke out of HBO’s “Girls” has a full plate, with “The Force Awakens” hitting in December and Martin Scorsese’s “Silence” wrapped and ramped for 2016 release.
This June, Driver will receive the Shining Star Award at the 16th annual Maui Film Festival, unfolding June 3-7 at the Wailea Resort in Maui. The prize “honors a film artist who dares to dream big dreams and delivers brilliantly charismatic and revelatory performances every time that opportunity knocks.”
A Juilliard alumnus, he recently nailed it clean as a cartoonishly hipster, moviemaking sycophant in Noah Baumbach’s winsome “While We’re Young.” At Venice last year, he picked up the Volpi Cup for Best Actor for his performance in the tough domestic drama “Hungry Hearts,” which IFC opens stateside June 5.
Driver plays the evil, force-wielding Kylo Ren in JJ Abrams’ “Star Wars” sequel, and will also star opposite Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, and Kirsten Dunst in Jeff Nichols’ “Midnight Special.”
Driver will take the Shining Star Award on Friday, June 5. Last year’s prize went to “Palo Alto” star Emma Roberts.