Miles Teller and Emma Watson in Talks For Musical ‘La La Land’

By June 6, 2014
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Miles Teller is about to blow up in a big way. He’s already had roles in party comedies like Project X and 21 & Over, but he really rose to fame with a great performance in last year’s excellent indie drama The Spectacular Now. Teller followed that up with an appearance in Divergent as well as some reportedly stellar work in Whiplash, the film that won the top prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. And did I mention he’s going to be playing Reed Richards in the new Fantastic Four movie?

According to The Wrap, Teller is in talks to reteam with his Whiplash director Damien Chazelle to star in La La Land, a musical that also has Harry Potter star Emma Watson in talks to play the female lead. The story follows two dreamers — “aspiring actress Mia, who’s lonely and desperate to fit in, and cocky yet charismatic jazz pianist Sebastian — who fall in love in Los Angeles. However, the city that brought them together may tear them apart, as they soon discover that balancing love and art in such a cutthroat climate isn’t easy.” Sounds like it could be similar to Begin Again, the new musical starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo.

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Teller and Watson are fantastic young talents, so I’m excited about the concept of them teaming up and interested to hear if they’re as talented at singing as they are at acting. The Wrap got their hands on Chazelle’s “lookbook” for the movie (basically a document that details the director’s plans for the film), and this excerpt is worth reprinting:

I’d like to make a contemporary musical about L.A., starting with the L.A. we know but slowly building to a vision of the city as romantic metropolis–one that is actually worthy of the dreams it inspires. I’d like to make a musical about the way L.A.’s peculiar rhythms can push its residents to the edge of their emotions–be they hope, desperation or love. Think the kind of teetering-toward-madness you see in “The Graduate” or “Boogie Nights”, and imagine if you were to push that further. In this case, the city pushes its residents all the way: it pushes them into song.

As an L.A. resident and someone who loves seeing the city come to life on the big screen in everything from old film noir films to modern day thrillers, Chazelle’s take on this sounds very compelling. Count me in.

Are you interested in seeing Teller and Watson team up for an L.A.-set musical? Let us know below!

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