Third time’s a charm for Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. The pair will officially star in Damien Chazelle’s musical La La Land, per a press release from Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment.
Gosling and Stone – who previously appeared opposite each other in Crazy, Stupid, Love and Gangster Squad – will play Sebastian and Mia, respectively, two people “drawn together by their common desire to do what they love.” Problems arise, however, after each reach a level of success and “they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart.”
Chazelle, an Oscar nominee this year for Whiplash, wrote La La Land before production began on his Best Picture nominee, and the director told EW he even entertained the notion of making the musical before his jazz drama.
“It’s just a bigger scope project so it was harder to get off the ground without much previous directing experience,” he said. “So Whiplash went first. 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.”
Originally, Miles Teller, who starred in Whiplash, and Emma Watson had been attached to the film, but other projects forced the pair to drop from contention. La La Land will arrive in theaters next summer, on July 15, 2016. Get excited.