Will Smith to be honoured at MTV Movie Awards 2016

The actor will receive the Generation Award at this year's ceremony

Will Smith will be honoured at this year’s MTV Movie Awards.

The actor will receive the Generation Award at the ceremony, which takes place on April 10 in Burbank, California.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson announced the honour on his Instagram page, writing: “Will Smith is our MTV Generation Award recipient.”

“When I first broke into Hollywood 15yrs ago, all I wanted to do was learn the business and put in the hard work to have a career like his. It’s a real privilege to honor you my friend.”

The caption appeared on a clip from Smith’s Men In Black movie.

As The Hollywood Reporter reports, Johnson will host the awards ceremony alongside Kevin Hart. Zac Efron, Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth are amongst those set to present awards on the night.

It was recently revealed that Netflix have reportedly bought the rights to new Smith cop thriller Bright, which starts filming later in 2016.

Smith will rejoin David Ayer (who directed him in Suicide Squad, due out this summer) in the movie, which is also set to star Joel Edgerton. Max Landis (American Ultra, Victor Frankenstein) is penning the script.

Deadline reports that the movie was the subject of a two-week bidding war also involving Warner Bros and Palmstar, and that the final figure is $90 million.

The film is expected to cost $45 million, with a $3 million fee for Landis’ script. It remains unclear if the movie will also get a limited cinematic showing – according to Deadline, the other two bids had planned to offer a more standard theatrical release.

Not a great deal is known about the movie to date, but it will be set in Los Angeles, with IMDB reporting that the film “will take place in a world where fairies and orcs live with humans, and will center on an orc cop.”