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Emma Watson & Miles Teller Look At 'La La Land'

by Kevin Jagernauth
June 5, 2014 5:35 PM
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Emma Watson Miles Teller

When Damien Chazelle emerged in 2009 with the lo-fi musical "Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench," he made it clear that music was going to be crucial to his narratives. This year's "Whiplash," chronicling the trials of a talented drummer, is set against the backdrop of the jazz world, and it has been a smash success. Premiering at Sundance to great acclaim, and continuing the buzz at the Cannes Directors' Fortnight, it has been Chazelle's breakout movie. So perhaps it's no surprise he's sticking with the general themes of young people, grand ambitions and bringing along Miles Teller once again.

The Wrap reports that Teller, along with Emma Watson, is in talks to star in "La La Land." As you might have surmised from the title, this one will be set in Los Angeles, and follow a young couple — actress Mia and jazz pianist Sebastian (only in LA!) — who try to keep their relationship together in a city of cutthroat careerism. But more intriguingly, this one is a musical, one that is being described as tonally along the lines of "The Graduate" and "Boogie Nights," which sounds pretty great to our ears.

Everything is in the process of being packaged, but given how hot Chazelle is right now, with these leads, we'd wager this can come together. And so, another young filmmaker to keep an eye on, and one who's determind to strike while the iron is hot.

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  • Lolita | June 13, 2014 11:56 PMReply

    I think Emma is a good actress but yeah, a corny title for a movie.

  • Lee | June 8, 2014 7:18 PMReply

    I hope Emma can sing. Haven't heard of her yet singing. But I don't think she's a good actress. The title is kinda corny though.

  • Jordan | June 5, 2014 6:06 PMReply

    This sounds good to me. Teller is one to watch, he's going places, fast. I hope he can hustle up some chemistry with Emma, she's yet to make an impression as a lead actress outside of the HP franchise. I like her, but I want to see her in something good where she can really shine.

  • Ivy | June 6, 2014 11:08 PM

    I think Emma shined in Noah even though I think it's an awful film. I get what you mean, she always plays supporting roles. And I think Miles Teller is fabulous.

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