The new romantic musical “La La Land” has garnered critical acclaim on the festival circuit this past fall, but soon it will finally be in theaters for all to see. Set in the heart of Los Angeles, the film follows aspiring actress Mia (Emma Stone) and struggling jazz musician Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) on their whirlwind romance as they contend with personal and professional disappointment. Watch a behind-the-scenes featurette below that delves into the film’s production, including Gosling and Stone’s chemistry.
“When we were casting up the movie, part of the appeal to me was that you know Ryan and Emma are going to be a couple,” says director Damien Chazelle in the video. “You can see them and imagine them together. It was like Fred and Ginger, or Bogart and Bacall, a classic Hollywood screen couple.”
“You have two actors who have an on-screen chemistry that I think is one for the ages,” says producer Marc Platt.
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The actors also discuss choreographing the elaborate dance sequences, Gosling’s pre-production piano lessons and Oscar-winner J.K. Simmons’ supporting role as a cheeky supper club owner who only wants Gosling’s character to play holiday songs.
“La La Land” premiered at the Venice Film Festival this past August. It went on to screen at the Telluride Film Festival, the Toronto Film Festival and more. It will enter limited release on December 9 and eventually enter all theaters nationwide on Christmas Day, courtesy of Summit Entertainment.