Must Watch: First Trailer for Damien Chazelle's Musical 'La La Land'

July 13, 2016

La La Land Trailer

"City of stars, are you shining just for me…?" Lionsgate has unveiled the first fantastic trailer for Damien Chazelle's new Los Angeles-set musical La La Land, and it's so totally wonderful. I love everything about this and can't wait to see it. Ryan Gosling stars as a jazz pianist who falls for an aspiring actress, played by Emma Stone, in the City of Angels. There's lots of singing and dancing and it all fills me with such joy because this is the next film from Chazelle, who blew everyone away with Whiplash. The full cast includes J.K. Simmons, Finn Wittrock, Rosemarie DeWitt, Sonoya Mizuno, Hemky Madera, Josh Pence and John Legend. This is one of those stop-what-you're-doing and watch this right now kind of trailers.

Here's the first official trailer for Damien Chazelle's La La Land, originally from

The song heard in the trailer, titled "City of Stars", can now be downloaded via iTunes as well.

La La Land Poster

Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress, serves lattes to movie stars in between auditions and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a jazz musician, scrapes by playing cocktail party gigs in dingy bars, but as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart. La La Land is written & directed by filmmaker Damien Chazelle, his second feature film following Whiplash, which received a Best Picture Oscar nomination and won three other Oscars. Lionsgate is planning to release Chazelle's La La Land in select theaters starting December 2nd this year, expanding wide soon after. Who else can't wait?

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Reader Feedback - 9 Comments


Cool! That's a well made trailer.

Efterklang on Jul 13, 2016



eurogibbon on Jul 13, 2016


The poster is incredible - reminds of me of old 60s style posters

Hien Lam on Jul 13, 2016


I liked the Whiplash. This one has nice visuals and Emma Stone. Not that I like her very much, but she looks nice here...

shiboleth on Jul 13, 2016


Thanks for sharing this, Alex. From a film like Whiplash to a musical, that's quite a move in different directions. I'm not a big fan of musicals, but the director is of interest; I like the two leads, especially Emma Stone. When I first saw Easy A and had no idea who she was it was obvious to me she was special. I really like her work and might venture out and take a chance with this...even though it's a just am unable to suspend disbelief when folks start singing at one another or dance along the street like it's something we all do everyday...not!

Guest on Jul 13, 2016


I will be interested to see if Stone can properly rebound as playing a non-ironic Japanese woman from that terrible Hawaii movie.

DAVIDPD on Jul 13, 2016


Ah, come on, David. That movie wasn't that bad and she was fine in it. I'd not let the media dictate my perceptions too much around this whole casting PC nonsense going around today. She's a talented young lady.

Guest on Jul 14, 2016


Yeah, I am usually on your side Bo, but I am drawing a line here. She was playing an Asian woman called "Ng"...she a Caucasian. End of story. This is not political correctness or over sensitivity. This is stupidity. Bad move on her casting agent, publicist and ultimately her. // "To Each, His Own."

DAVIDPD on Jul 14, 2016


Okay by me, David. Like you say, 'to each his own'. There's too much other insanity in the world we live in today for me to get the least bit upset by something like this. I hate to say it, but most people wouldn't have given all this casting stuff another thought without the media blaring away on the subject. Which means people's thoughts and views are being influenced by the media...which is pure Orwell and very, very scary. That's all I'm sayin', man. Cheers! p.s. The writer/director wrote the character this way and she was not fully Asian, but was mixed and not that much. It was said as such in the movie. It's not stupidity and it is political correctness run amok and way, way too sensitive and unnecessarily so. That would be my humble opinion, of not be it! Peace.

Guest on Jul 14, 2016

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