6 June-2014, Katey Rich/Vanity Fair: A director fresh off a huge Sundance hit, an actor frequently called the next John Cusack, and an actress both wildly popular and Ivy-League-approved: what more could you want from a romance? How about if we toss some musical numbers in there too?
According to The Wrap, Miles Teller and Emma Watson are in talks to star in La La Land, a musical romance from director Damien Chazelle. Teller and Chazelle made a huge splash at Sundance in January with Whiplash, which our critic praised as “a percussive whirlwind of coming-of-age emotion and raw acting talent”; it went on to win the jury award for narrative feature, and sold to Sony Pictures Classics at the festival. Before even opening for general audiences, Whiplash has earned Chazelle enough attention to move his next project forward—and to score a star as big as Watson, which is no small feat.
Described by the Wrap as “a song-and-dance musical,” the film will be set in Los Angeles, which Chazelle aims to capture, “starting with the L.A. we know but slowly building to a vision of the city as romantic metropolis–one that is actually worthy of the dreams it inspires.” Chazelle’s director’s statement, full of big ideas and a faith in the musical genre that few directors even bother with these days, is nearly as exciting as the idea of Teller and Watson, two giant talents, teaming up.
At its core, this is a movie about artists in love–and what it means to be an artist in love in arguably the most competitive city on the planet. How do you juggle the need to find success as an artist with the need to share oneself with another human being? And how do you do so in a place where every poster, every street corner and every sign remind you of the glories just beyond reach?