The film follows a comedian (Rock) as he tries to make it as a serious actor when his reality TV star fiancé (Gabrielle Union) convinces him to broadcast their wedding on her TV show. Add to the mix a New York Times reporter (Rosario Dawson) tasked with following him around and asking all sorts of difficult personal questions, and it’s a recipe for some self-reflection and, of course, comedy.
The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September and was the subject of an epic bidding war among studios, including CBS Films, Sony, Open Road and Relativity. Ultimately, Paramount emerged victorious, paying $12.5 million for U.S. distribution rights. In addition to the sale, the studio has made a commitment of $20 million in P&A spending.
“Top Five” features an all-star cast that includes Kevin Hart, Tracy Morgan, Whoopi Goldberg and “SNL” cast members Michael Che and Jay Pharoah. It will be released Dec. 12.