Whiplash director Damien Chazelle is sweeping the tunes out of the stuffy music room and tossing them into a full-blown musical titled, La La Land. What’s more, the 30-year-old filmmaker has nabbed Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone as his leads. That’s not a bad start to a sophomore effort.
The two stars will reunite for a third time — following 2011’s Crazy, Stupid, Love and 2013’s Gangster Squad — to play Sebastian and Mia, a pair of lovers “drawn together by their common desire to do what they love.” Naturally, that passion is overwhelmed by their respective success and soon “they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair…”
Chazelle developed the project prior to working on his Sundance graduate and Oscar-nominated debut.
“It’s just a bigger scope project so it was harder to get off the ground without much previous directing experience,” he explained to Entertainment Weekly. “But as soon as Whiplash was done shooting, I knew what I wanted my next movie to be. There was never a question. It was just about hitting the ground running right after Sundance and locking up the financing.”
La La Land will hit theaters July 15th, 2016 via Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment.