Chris Rock‘s new comedy “Top Five” will open in limited release on Dec. 5 and then wide a week later, Paramount Pictures announced Thursday.
Rock directed, wrote and stars in the film, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in early September and became the subject of a bidding war. As TheWrap previously reported, Paramount eventually beat out CBS Films, Sony, Open Road and Relativity to the tune of $12.5 million.
The story follows a comedian (Rock) who’s trying to transform his career and become a serious actor while his reality TV star fiancée does everything in his power to undermine his career.
Previously Rock has directed himself in 2003’s “Head of State,” which also starred Bernie Mac, and “I Think I Love My Wife,” which featured Kerry Washington.
The Dec. 12 release date gives Paramount four highly anticipated films for the all-important month of December, including “The Gambler,” “Hot Tub Time Machine 2” and “Selma.”