Lionsgate has released a new La La Land trailer. Damien Chazelle’s follow-up to Whiplash centers on two dreamers living in Los Angeles: Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress who can’t land a gig and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a pianist who wants to open his own jazz club. The pair eventually falls for each other, but their dreams are tested when their relationship becomes an obstacle to their careers rather than a support system.
La La Land is my favorite film of the year so far, and while this trailer doesn’t really showcase the songs as much as the previous two trailers, it does a better job of delving into the plot and characters. While musicals are still tough sells at the box office, and they’re even harder when you have an original musical rather than one based off a hit Broadway show, I think La La Land could be a major success. At the very least, it’s currently the Oscar frontrunner, and once you see it, you’ll understand why. This trailer only provides a glimpse at how damn good Stone and Gosling are as well as Chazelle’s masterful direction.
Check out the new La La Land trailer below, and click here to read Brian’s review from Telluride. The film opens in select cities on December 9th, and also stars John Legend, Rosemarie DeWitt, Finn Wittrock, Callie Hernandez, Sonoya Mizuno, Jessica Rothe, Tom Everett Scott, and Josh Pence.
Here’s the official synopsis for La La Land:
Written and directed by Academy Award® nominee Damien Chazelle, LA LA LAND tells the story of Mia [Emma Stone], an aspiring actress, and Sebastian [Ryan Gosling], a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams.