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TIFF 14 Preview: First-Look Images From Chris Rock's 'Top Five' (Rosario Dawson, Gabrielle Union Co-Star)

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act July 22, 2014 at 4:43PM

Kevin Hart, along with J.B. Smoove and Sherri Shepherd, also co-star in the movie, which Scott Rudin is producing (he also produced Chris Rock's Broadway debut, "The Mother-F with the Hat").
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"Top Five," Chris Rock & Rosario Dawson
Paramount Pictures "Top Five," Chris Rock & Rosario Dawson

The 39th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival has announced its closing night gala selection, along with 59 other feature films that were officially named today, Tuesday.

Among the always impressive slate of high-profile films making their world premieres at the festival, are a few that we've been tracking on this blog, including Chris Rock's new dramedy, which was previously titled "Finally Famous," but is now officially called "Top Five." 

In the film, Rock (who also wrote and directed it) plays a comedian turned film star who, despite the expectations of his millions of fans, is determined to reinvent himself as a “serious” actor. 

Rosario Dawson and Gabrielle Union co-star, playing a feisty, funny, no-holds-barred journalist challenge (and potential love interest) for Rock's character, and his popular reality star fiancee (Union), respectively.

Kevin Hart, along with J.B. Smoove and Sherri Shepherd, also co-star in the movie, which Scott Rudin is producing (he also produced Chris Rock's Broadway debut, "The Mother-F with the Hat").

Hart plays Rock's supportive Ivy League-educated agent; Smoove is Rock's "security guard-slash-assistant" who is never far from his boss' side (in the casting breakdown the character is described as: "a burly, very big and imposing African American guy who has a thing for big women"); and Shepherd plays Rock's ex-girlfriend from high school who still has a thing for him.

"Top Five" marks Rock's first time behind the camera as director since 2007's "I Think I Love My Wife," which also saw him sandwiched between 2 beautiful women in Gina Torres and Kerry Washington.

Hey, wait a minute! Wasn't he also sandwiched between 2 beautiful women in another film he wrote, directed and starred in before that - 2003's "Head Of State," with Tamala Jones and Robin Givens?

So make that a trifecta! Chris, you lucky, sneaky devil you!

No trailer yet; although I'm sure one will surface soon enough. While we wait for it, within this post, you'll find some official still images from the upcoming movie.

This year's Toronto International Film Festival, one of the top movie showcases and a favored platform to unveil Oscar contenders, will run from September 4-14.

Top Five
Top Five

This article is related to: Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, Gabrielle Union, Kevin Hart


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