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Miles Teller Reteams with Damien Chazelle for 'La La Land'

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood June 6, 2014 at 11:49AM

Miles Teller and director Damien Chazelle made quite the splash at Sundance this year with their well-received drama "Whiplash," and according to The Wrap, the duo are in talks to reprise their collaboration on Chazelle's upcoming musical "La La Land."
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Robert Redford, Miles Teller and Damien Chazelle
Robert Redford, Miles Teller and Damien Chazelle

Miles Teller and director Damien Chazelle made quite the splash at Sundance this year with their well-received drama "Whiplash," and according to TheWrap, the duo are ready to reprise their collaboration on Chazelle's upcoming musical "La La Land."

On his Facebook page, Teller writes: "Excited to work with Damien again (whiplash) he's extremely talented and this is another script of hrs written and will direct. For all of you huge Harry Potter fans out there, this ones for you."

"Whiplash," the story of a young jazz drummer named Andrew (Teller) at a top music school studying under the watchful and sometimes fearsome eye of his teacher Terence (J.K. Simmons), wowed the Park City crowd, winning the U.S. Dramatic Competition Grand Jury Prize as well as the Dramatic Audience Award.  Sony Pictures Classics snapped up U.S. rights to the film, which it will release on October 10.  "Whiplash" screened at Cannes' Directors' Fortnight, where it was well-received.

In our TOH! video interview, Teller discussed his musical background growing up in a family of music lovers and learning piano, guitar, saxophone and rock drums.  Nevertheless, he said, during his preparation for the film, he practiced so much that he developed blisters on his fingers to match the fake blood that Chazelle added during filming.

"La La Land," Chazelle's new project, focuses on Mia, an aspiring, lonely actress, and Sebastian, a charismatic but full-of-himself jazz pianist, who meet and fall for each other in Los Angeles.  "Harry Potter" star Emma Watson is being courted to play Mia, with Jordan Horowitz ("The Kids Are All Right") and Fred Berger of Impostor Pictures producing and Chazelle's "Whiplash" composer Justin Hurwitz providing the music.  Lionsgate will distribute.

TheWrap got its hands on Chazelle's 'lookbook' for the film and published this except from the director's vision statement: 

This article is related to: Miles Teller, Emma Watson, Damien Chazelle, Sundance Film Festival, Cannes, J.K. Simmons


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.