“Whiplash” director Damien Chazelle’s romantic musical “La La Land,” starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, has been pushed back by six months from July 15th this year to December.
Don’t take that as a lack of faith in the film, quite the contrary. The movie will kick off with a limited release on December 2nd, followed by a wide expansion two weeks later on December 16th – opposite “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”.
In the film Gosling plays a jazz musician and Stone an aspiring actress who fall in love but find themselves torn apart by the pressures of living in contemporary Los Angeles. The film boasts Hollywood Golden Age song-and-dance numbers.
Lionsgate certainly has confidence in the film which could be effective counter-programming (ala “Sisters” last year) to “Star Wars,” and certainly puts the film up for serious awards consideration should the reviews be strong enough.