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The Avengers to close Tribeca fest

Joss Whedon's superhero bonanza The Avengers will close the 11th annual Tribeca Film Festival.

The Marvel epic, which stars Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo and Samuel L Jackson, will be the festival's closing night film on April 28.

"Showing at Tribeca is both an honour 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," said the director.

Jane Rosenthal, co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival, added: "Marvel's The Avengers is an exciting ride that absolutely transports audiences. It is the perfect way to end our 11th Festival."

The film is based on the comic book series that unites a group of superheroes - Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Black Widow and Hawkeye, with Tom as the super-villain Loki.

The Five-Year Engagement, which stars Jason Segel and Emily Blunt, is set to open the Tribeca Film Festival, which runs from April 18 to April 29.

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