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Director Damien Chazelle received an incredible amount of acclaim for his feature directorial debut, Whiplash, and it seems that he has used the clout earned from that project to land some big stars to be in his next movie. That project is an old school musical titled La La Land, and new reports say that Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are now in the midst of signing on.
This news comes to us from Deadline, which notes that Gosling and Stone aren't 100 percent attached to the project right now, but are circling the lead roles in the movie. Initially it looked as though the male lead in the movie was going to be played by Whiplash star Miles Teller, but sources have said that he has decided to move on from the project. Additionally, Emma Watson was once in line to star, but she wound up having a scheduling conflict with Disney's upcoming Beauty and the Beast. La La Land, which Chazelle actually wrote before making Whiplash, is set in modern day Los Angeles and is a musical romance that follows a jazz pianist (Gosling) and and aspiring actress (Stone) as they fall in love.
Of course, this is far from the first time that Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone have cinematically fallen in love - in fact, it will be the third. The two actors originally had the chance to work together when starring as one of the two main romantic couples in Glenn Ficarra and John Requa's 2011 dramedy Crazy Stupid Love:
And then the two pretty faces were reunited for period roles opposite each other a couple years later starring in Ruben Fleischer's crime film Gangster Squad:
Having Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in Damien Chazelle's corner would definitely be a huge win, as there is going to be a great deal of pressure on him to make something as incredible as Whiplash with his sophomore outing. Obviously La La Land sounds like a completely different project with a completely different tone, but that's not going to stop comparisons from being made. Fortunately, Chazelle definitely does seem to have the goods as a filmmaker to become one of the greats, so we will definitely be rooting for him.