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Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone make us swoon as “La La Land” drops a luminous Teaser Trailer

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If you saw my predictions late last week, you saw that I’m very high on La La Land, the upcoming modern musical from Damien Chazelle. This high concept romance is his follow up to the Oscar winning film Whiplash, so it’s clear that this movie has clear Academy Award hopes. Not only is it my perceived frontrunner right now, it’s just one of the 2016 releases to be most excited about this fall. A few days ago, a Teaser Trailer was released, and boy does it look absolutely delightful. You’ll see that Trailer below (and hear some of the original song City of Stars), but in the meantime, I want to whet your appetite a bit for La La Land…

The flick is, again, a musical, with original songs, capturing the old time Hollywood spirit but in a completely new story. It follows a jazz pianist in Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and an aspiring actress in Mia (Emma Stone) as they fall in love. They come together in Los Angeles, with success and fame potentially getting in the way of their future. It’s not necessarily a plot that we’ve never seen before, but it’s a perfect fit for a romantic musical to tackle. Chazelle writes and directs, with the rest of the cast, in addition to Gosling and Stone, including Rosemarie DeWitt, John Legend, Josh Pence, J.K. Simmons, Finn Wittrock, and many more. Tom Cross, who won an Oscar for Whiplash, again edits, with Justin Hurwitz returning to do Chazelle’s music as well. Linus Sandgren handles the cinematography. It’s a team capable of doing something very special, that much is certain.

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Gosling and Stone appear to have again recaptured the magic that they shared in both Crazy, Stupid, Love., as well as in Gangster Squad. Watching them sing, dance, and fall in love should be an absolute pleasure. I’m quite fond of them both on their own, so together, it’s just an added bonus. Likewise, Chazelle announced himself as a powerful filmmaker with Whiplash, so seeing him do something musical and yet completely different is quite exciting. We almost never get original musicals like this one, so there’s a chance that the Academy and its voters could fall head over heels in love with this one, making it a formidable opponent for all other contenders on the awards season junket.

Awards wise, this seems like a potential juggernaut. Look for a massive campaign to be launched, across the board. Campaigns will be set forward in Best Picture, Best Director (for Chazelle), Best Actor (for Gosling), Best Actress (for Stone), Best Supporting Actor (for Legend, Pence, Simmons, or Wittrock), Best Supporting Actress (for DeWitt), Best Original Screenplay (for Chazelle as well), Best Production Design, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing, Best Hairstyling and Makeup, Best Original Score, Best Original Song, Best Sound Editing, and Best Sound Mixing. As you can see, this has double digit nomination potential, and that’s always a big deal. Right now, you can easily put it down as the frontrunner in Picture and Director if you’d like, with Actor and Actress looking good as well, while Original Song seems like a safe bet too. We shall see, of course, but there’s reason to be bullish here.

When you get right down to it, there’s tons to like about this one. I couldn’t be more excited for La La Land than I currently am, and I know I’m not alone. Below you’ll be able to see that aforementioned Teaser for the film, with the original tune mixed in as well. The movie is, give or take a small handful of other titles, the one I most want to see over the course of the rest of 2016. It seems like it can just blow audiences away. The flick isn’t out until early December, but it’s going to be playing the film festival circuit, so we’ll get a glimpse at it then. In the meantime, give a look to the Trailer and sit tight for plenty more on this one before long…

Here now is the Trailer for La La Land:

Stay tuned for a ton more on La La Land as we move from the summer to the fall and winter!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He also contributes to several other film-related websites.

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