The projects reunites writer-director Nicholas Stoller and Jason Segel five years after they collaborated on Forgetting Sarah Marshall and will kick off the New York event on Apr 18.
Universal holds rights to the film, which is set to open on Apr 27 and also stars Emily Blunt, Rhys Ifans, Chris Pratt and Alison Brie.
The Five-Year Engagement charts the ups and downs of an engaged couple played by Segel and Blunt. Judd Apatow produced with Rodney Rothman and Stoller, who co-wrote the screenplay with Segel.
“The Tribeca Film Festival has always celebrated the power of creative collaboration, and there is no better example of that than The Five-Year Engagement,” Tribeca Film Festival co-founder Jane Rosenthal said. “We are so pleased to join with Universal Pictures to bring the wit and energy of this hilarious and affecting film to Tribeca as we kick off our 11th edition.”
“When Jason and I met during the production of Undeclared, we couldn’t have imagined that one day we would write a comedy that would open such a prestigious film festival as Tribeca,” Stoller said. “We are so honoured that the festival organisers have given us this platform to premiere the film. To be honest, this is all just a ploy to stand on top of a building with Robert De Niro and look out over New York City at dusk.”
The 2012 Tribeca Film Festival will announce its feature slate on Mar 6 and 8, 2012. The festival will run from Apr 18-29.