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Ryan Gosling talks musicals at ‘La La Land’ TIFF premiere

Lionsgate upcoming film ‘La La Land’ wooed audiences at the Toronto International Film Festival this year, charming audiences with its musical-tale of two fame-seeking romantics. Among those at the event was the film’s star Ryan Gosling, who talked about the project and what it was like working on the musical. This was a bit of a homecoming for Gosling, who was born in the neighboring London, Canada.

The film’s modern-setting, coupled with the two high-profile lovebirds that take center-stage, should make this an easy win for Lionsgate later this winter. Although musicals have struggled to take the box-office charts in the past, this modern take on a classic L.A. love-story could appeal to far more than the standard musical-loving theater crowd. This will be the third film that Gosling and Stone have starred in together, the duo have proven to be a crowd-favorite in the past, and a win here will only solidify their on-screen partnership for future films.

La La Land itself will first hit theaters with a limited release in LA and NY in early December, it will then go wide on December 16, 2016. Joining Ryan Gosling, once again, will be the ever popular Emma Stone.

Also starring in the film are John Legend, Rosemarie DeWitt, Finn Wittrock, Callie Hernandez, Sonoya Mizuno, Jessica Rothe, Tom Everett Scott and Josh Pence.

The highly-anticipated film was written and directed by Damien Chazelle, with lyrics from Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. The music and score was crafted by Justin Hurwitz.

If you are new to ‘La La Land,’ the film tells the story of Mia [Emma Stone], an aspiring actress, and Sebastian [Ryan Gosling], a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams.

Whether you are a fan of musicals, Ryan Gosling or Emma Stone, you won’t have to wait too long to see the film in theaters. Lionsgate will release the film on December 16, 2016.