Gosling/Stone In Movie Musical From WHIPLASH Director; Moved To Oscar Season


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.

La La Land is about a jazz pianist (Ryan Gosling) and an aspiring actress (Emma Stone) who fall in love, but face difficulties as they become more successful. The songwriters are Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Tony Award Nominees in 2013 for A Christmas Story: The Musical.

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