‘The Avengers’ chosen to close the Tribeca Film Festival

By Daniel S Levine,

While the majority of the films that are shown at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York are independent features that may never see wide release, the festival has chosen to close this year with one of the biggest potential blockbusters of 2012, The Avengers.

Festival organizers made the announcement on Wednesday, adding that they will use the occasion to honor local real-life heroes. Members of police agencies, fire departments, first responders and members of the US military will all be in attendance. “We will celebrate these local icons, whose presence will honor the founding spirit of the Tribeca Film Festival,” organizers said.

The festival was founded by actor Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal, following the 9/11 attacks, notes The Hollywood Reporter, so the celebration of local heroes will be even more poignant.

“Showing at Tribeca is both an honor and a double homecoming for me, who grew up in Manhattan, and for the movie, which wrapped production there. I’m thoroughly psyched to be closing the Festival with our intimate little think-piece,” director Joss Whedon said in a statement.

The Avengers will be released by Marvel and Paramount to theaters on May 4, making its world premiere in Hollywood on April 11. The Tribeca screening will take place on April 28. The cast includes Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo and Samuel L. Jackson. Members of the cast will be in attendance to meet the local heroes.

Festival organizers announced in February that Universal’s The Five-Year Engagement, a comedy starring Jason Segel and Emily Blunt, will be opening the festival on April 18. Earlier this month, they announced the remaining films that will be showing at the festival. James Franco’s Francophrenia (or: Don't Kill Me, I Know Where the Baby Is) and Take This Waltz with Seth Rogen and Michelle Williams are among the films that will be shown.

Here's the trailer for The Avengers:

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