“La La Land’s” musical debut has been delayed by a week.
Damien Chazelle’s romantic drama, starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, will open in limited release on Dec. 9 — seven days after its previously scheduled launch. The wide release date remains Dec. 16.
“La La Land,” distributed by Summit Entertainment, dazzled during its festival run, stealing the spotlight at the Telluride Film Festival, Venice Film Festival (kicking off the fest), and Toronto Film Festival, where it won the audience award. Stone, meanwhile, nabbed the Venice Film Festival’s best actress prize for her role as aspiring actress/playwright Mia.
The film, which premiered to rave reviews and standing ovations, is expected to be a major Oscar season contender. Variety Chief Film Critic Owen Gleiberman wrote in his review that “Damien Chazelle’s ‘La La Land’ … is the most audacious big-screen musical in a long time, and — irony of ironies — that’s because it’s the most traditional.”
The ode to Los Angeles and Old Hollywood follows a couple — Mia and struggling jazz pianist Sebastian (Gosling) — whose relationship begins to fade as their careers blossom.
“La La Land” also stars J. K. Simmons, who worked with Chazelle in “Whiplash,” Rosemarie DeWitt, and Finn Wittrock.