(AllHipHop News) Watch The Movie. Paramount Pictures has attained distribution rights for the Jay Z and Kanye West co-produced film Top Five which is directed, written and stars Chris Rock.
In Top Five, Chris Rock plays a comedian-turned-film star named Andre Allen whose encounter with a journalist played by Rosario Dawson forces him to recollect on his past life as a comedian. The film takes place in one 24 hour time frame, which Rock told Variety is similar to TV shows such Louis C.K.’s Louie and Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm:
Louis C.K. is one of my good friends. I watch his show. I watch ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm.’ No one has done a movie like this. Just a movie about a comedian, a day in the life.
The film features appearances from Tracy Morgan, Kevin Hart, J.B Smoove, Cedric the Entertainer and a bevvy of other famous comedians. Rock informed Vulture that spectators will be surprised at Jerry Seinfeld’s performance in the movie:
I think people are going to be surprised with Jerry. I think that’s going to be the big shock of the movie. I mean, it’s Jerry Seinfeld in an R-rated movie, so it’s kind of like a special effect in itself. He did a little bit of it on Louie this year, where you see mean Jerry, you see realistic Jerry, kind-of-dramatic Jerry. I think Jerry’s going to surprise everybody. Everybody’s really good, but I think Jerry’s going to be like, “Wow! Never thought I’d see that.”
Questlove has also been tapped to act as the music director of the film. Rock premiered Top Five for the first time last Saturday (September 6th) at the Toronto Film Festival.
There is no word yet on when Paramount plans to release the film domestically and abroad.