Damien Chazelle's La La Land stars the likes of Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend, and J.K. Simmons at their most charismatic, so it's easy too see why the film has already proved to be such a hit. The romantic musical-comedy follows a jazz musician (Gosling) and an aspiring actress (Stone) who keep running into each other in Los Angeles and eventually fall in love.
Since making it's debut, La La Land has received critical acclaim from all quarters and has now been nominated for 7 Golden Globes, including Best Director, Best Original Song and Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy.
To celebrate this amazing movie, let's take a look at some facts you might now know about this future award winner!
1) Topsy Turvy Casting
Emma Watson was originally intended to star as Mia but had to turn down the role due to scheduling conflicts with the live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast. Funnily enough, Ryan Gosling was set to play the role of The Beast himself, but left the project to star in #LaLaLand instead.
Miles Teller was initially going to reunite with Damien Chazelle after the two worked together on Whiplash, but long contract negotiations and a prior commitment to The Divergent Series: Allegiant caused the actor to leave the film. There are also rumours flying around that suggest Teller's exit may have also been due to his $4 million dollar contract demands.
2) Learning To Play
Instead of using a hand double or even CGI, Ryan Gosling himself trained as a jazz pianist for 2 hours a day, six days a week, so that he could play all the piano scenes in film himself. Co-star, John Legend, is a classically trained pianist, yet he was openly jealous of how quickly Gosling was able to pick it up. Saying that though, the talented RnB singer took on a challenge for La La Land, learning how to play guitar for his role in the film.
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3) Reunited And It Feels So Good
La La Land will mark the third time that #RyanGosling and #EmmaStone have worked on the same set, after first starring together in Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011) and two years later in Gangster Squad. Coincidentally, Gosling and Stone have appeared as lovers in all three films.
In 2015, the pair were also due to star in Focus together, but both dropped out and were replaced by Will Smith and Margot Robbie. Based on their previous work, should we be prepared for a fourth Gosling/Stone movie in 2018/19?
4) Five Years In The Making
Damien Chazelle came up with the idea for La La Land while studying at Harvard University with his classmate and composer on this film, Justin Hurwitz, completing the screenplay back in 2010. Using his own experiences as a filmmaker who struggled to find his way inspired Chazelle to write both Whiplash and La La Land, the latter focusing on his journey from the East Coast to Los Angeles.
Unfortunately, studios weren't willing to produce a musical film didn't feature a familiar hit song, let alone that revolved around jazz. When a studio did eventually take interest in the film, they demanded that numerous things should be changed in the script, including the opening and closing scenes. There was even talk of altering Sebastian's style, changing him from a jazz artist into a rock musician! Fortunately, Chazelle was unwilling to make those changes and decided to drop the project and move on.
Chazelle's next project was Whiplash in 2014 and when that film raked in the big bucks, earning multiple nominations and won various awards; Summit Entertainment finally agreed to make La La Land.
Check out the gorgeous trailer for La La Land below:
While it's been making the rounds at all of the major film festivals since September, La La Land is now screening currently in limited US theatres, but will open everywhere from December 25. Forget the hectic chaos of Christmas. Book a ticket for La La Land as soon as possible and enjoy what many are calling one of the best films of 2016.
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