Set in modern-day Los Angeles, La La Land portrays a romantic relationship between Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a jazz pianist, and Mia (Emma Stone), an actress.
La La Land is ah American romantic musical comedy-drama film written and directed by Damien Chazelle, and starring Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, J. K. Simmons, Finn Wittrock, Tom Everett Scott, & Rosemarie DeWitt. The plot follows a musician and aspiring actress who meet and fall in love in Los Angeles. The film also features Gosling and Stone’s third roles as lovers, after Crazy, Stupid, Love and Gangster Squad.
The film’s title is a reference to both a nickname for the city of Los Angeles as well as a euphemism for a state of being out of touch with reality. La La Land had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival on August 31, 2016 before being set for release in the United States on December 9, 2016 by Summit Entertainment.
Principal photography on the film began on August 10, 2015 in Los Angeles. Later, Gosling and Stone were spotted on the set while filming. The project was first announced on June 5, 2014, when it was reported that Miles Teller and Emma Watson were in talks to join the musical comedy film La La Land with Whiplash director-writer Damien Chazelle, who would also direct the film based on his own script. The film is about a jazz pianist Sebastian and an actress Mia who fall in love with each other in Los Angeles. Jordan Horowitz was set to produce the film for Gilbert Films, and Fred Berger for his own Impostor Pictures, while Lionsgate would handle the domestic distribution of the film. Justin Hurwitz would also reunite with the director to compose the music for the film.
On April 14, 2015, it was announced that Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone were in talks to join the film for the lead roles, while it was revealed that the script was written before the film Whiplash. On April 30, both actors Gosling and Stone were confirmed for the lead roles. On July 8, 2015, it was reported that Jessica Rothenberg, Sonoya Mizuno, and Callie Hernandez were added to the cast to play Stone’s character’s roommates.
On July 10, 2015, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that J. K. Simmons signed on to reunite with his Whiplash director in the musical film; he would play the role of “Boss.” The same day, THR also reported that Finn Wittrock had joined the film to play the role Greg, while producers of the film would be Berger, Gary Gilbert, Horowitz and Marc E. Platt.
On August 4, 2015, Rosemarie DeWitt signed on to star in the film playing Sebastian’s sister. The same day, John Legend was also added to the cast. On August 10, 2015, Meagen Fay joined the film to play Stone’s character’s mother. On August 11, 2015, Jason Fuchs signed on to play Carlo, a screenwriter who hits on Stone’s actress character.
La La Land
Directed by: Damien Chazelle
Starring: Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, Finn Wittrock, Sonoya Mizuno, Rosemarie DeWitt, Sandra Rosko, Jessica Rothe, Miles Anderson
Screenplay by: Damien Chazelle
Production Design by: David Wasco
Cinematography by: Linus Sandgren
Film Editing by: Tom Cross
Costume Design by: Mary Zophres
Set Decoration by: Sandy Reynolds-Wasco
Music by: Justin Hurwitz
Studio: Summit Entertainment, Lionsgate Films
Release Date: December 9, 2016