Jessica Alba Tapped To Host MTV Movie Awards; Leather Chaps Not Yet Confirmed

Thrice-nominated star of 'Sin City,' 'Fantastic Four' to MC irreverent bash.

She might not show up in fringed leather chaps and a diamond-studded bra, but Jessica Alba’s newest leading-lady role still seems destined to be fantastic.

The “Fantastic Four” and “Sin City” star has signed on to host the 2006 MTV Movie Awards, ending speculation over who will MC the proudly irreverent annual bash. The program will air Thursday, June 8, at 9 p.m. ET/PT (see “Alba, Carell, ‘Crashers,’ ‘Virgin’ Big Nominees For MTV Movie Awards” ).

“The MTV Movie Awards is like a three-ring circus, and I’m thrilled they asked me to be this year’s ringmaster,” the actress said.

Alba — who has starred in three movies since last year’s awards — might want to bring a stunt-double along to help out with her new gig. The actress has already been announced as a nominee for “Fantastic Four” (Best Hero and a member of Best On-Screen Team) and “Sin City” (Sexiest Performance), creating the very real possibility that she’ll be yielding the podium to someone who looks suspiciously like her. If so, it would be the first golden-popcorn award for Alba, who recently celebrated her 25th birthday.

Taking a break from the currently in-development sequels to both “Fantastic” and “Sin,” Alba will oversee an anarchic list of nominees led by the likes of Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson (one Best Comedic Performance nom each and a Best On-Screen Team nod for “Wedding Crashers”), as well as Steve Carell (Best Performance and Best Comedic Performance) and his “40-Year-Old-Virgin” improv veterans (Best On-Screen Team).

Alba, however, might be secretly rooting for 25-year-old heartthrob Hayden Christensen, nominated twice for “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith” (Best Fight and Best Villain). He and Alba recently wrapped filming the psychological thriller “Awake,” which is due in theaters in early 2007. (Another member of the “Awake” cast, “Hustle & Flow” star Terrence Howard, is nominated for Best Kiss and Best Performance.)

Featuring new categories of Best Hero, Sexiest Performance and the mtvU Student Filmmaker Award, this year’s show is taking place at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California. Fans are invited to vote for their favorites by visiting movieawards.mtv.com before May 19 and voting from their mobile phones by texting “MOVIEAWARDS” to 91757 to receive a ballot. A third option is available by dialing toll-free 1-877-MTV-VOTE, where a different category is available for your vote each day.

The 2006 MTV Movie Awards will be seen in 171 countries and territories in 23 languages and more than 470 million households.