Paramount announced today that it will distribute comedian Chris Rock’s Top Five worldwide. The film, produced by Scott Rudin and Barry Diller, earned rave reviews at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.
“Chris and I go back decades, both personally and professionally, and so I am particularly proud to have watched his career grow to its highest heights over many decades,” said Paramount Pictures CEO Brad Grey. “This film showcases brilliantly how talented Chris is as a filmmaker and storyteller and we are thrilled to be partnering with him, Scott Rudin and my longtime friend, the legendary Barry Diller and IACF for its worldwide launch.”
Chris Rock wrote, directed and stars in Top Five, the story of New York City comedian-turned-film star Andre Allen, whose unexpected encounter with a journalist (Rosario Dawson) forces him to confront the comedy career – and the past – that he’s left behind.
Also appearing in Top Five are comedians Kevin Hart, Tracy Morgan and Cedric The Entertainer. J.B. Smoove, Sherri Shepherd, Anders Holm, Romany Malco, Leslie Jones, Michael Che, and Jay Pharoah. The film is produced by Scott Rudin and Eli Bush round out the cast. Jay Z and Kanye West are also listed as producers of the movie.