In the new trailer for the upcoming musical La La Land from Whiplash director Damien Chazelle, Ryan Gosling plays a struggling jazz cat named Sebastian; Emma Stone is his actress girlfriend, Mia. They’re both on the grind in a city full of opportunity, pursuing their arty dreams with the supportive foundation of their relationship to guide them.
In the clip, Gosling croons the original song “City Stars” to his paramour as they bounce from audition to rejection and back again. The snippet of lyrics contained in the trailer spell out the main thrust of the film pretty clearly: “City of stars, are you shining just for me?/ City of stars, there’s so much I can’t see/ Is this the start of something wonderful/ or one more dream that I cannot make true?”
La La Land comes to theaters in December.