J.K. Simmons & 'Whiplash's' Damien Chazelle Reteam for 'La La Land'

One of my Top 10 favorite films of 2014 was Whiplash, the electric and intense first feature from young filmmaker Damien Chazelle. The film ended up getting five Oscar nominations, with three wins including actor J.K. Simmons for his performance as R.J. Fletcher. It's no surprise that the actor and director are reteaming for another film. THR reports that Simmons has signed on to star again in La La Land, the new film from Damien Chazelle. Already set to star are Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. La La Land is a modern Hollywood musical that follows a jazz pianist who falls for an aspiring actress, but they run into troubles.

In addition to the cast already announced, Jessica Rothe, Sonoya Mizuno and Callie Hernandez will play Stone's three roommates. Simmons will play a character called "Boss." The film is being produced by Fred Berger, Gary Gilbert, Jordan Horowitz and Marc Platt. Summit has already set a release date for July 15th, 2016 next summer, meaning they're banking on this being a big hit musical that will play well with summer crowds. I'm just looking forward to seeing the next film by Damien Chazelle, he's a very talented filmmaker just beginning his sure-to-be long and illustrious career. We'll be keeping an eye out for any more updates.