Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone will star in that rarest of films: an original live action movie musical made first for the screen. But it’ll sing and dance against The Force.
Titled La La Land, this is the follow-up for filmmaker Damien Chazelle to his Academy Award winning indie Whiplash. Originally slated to open this summer in mid-July, distributor Lionsgate’s enthusiasm over early cuts of the film has led them to believe they may have a real Oscar-contender on their hands. As a result, they’ve shifted the release from Summer to Christmas, in the heart of the Oscar race.
But it’ll also be up against the biggest of juggernauts. After a limited bow on December 2, La La Land will go wide on December 16 – the same day as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Looking to build off of early buzz and provide stark counter programming to the Star Wars crowd, it’s a risky strategy but still a savvy one, particularly as it’s likely to play as a great date movie option during the Holiday season.