Director Damian Chazelle has compared the on-screen chemistry of Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone to the likes of Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn.

Emma Stone & Ryan Gosling in La La Land

Emma Stone & Ryan Gosling in La La Land

The filmmaker teams up with both Gosling and Stone for the first time in new film La La Land, but this is the third collaboration between the two actors.

And Chazelle says that the on-screen relationship between the two actors reminds him of great screen partnerships of the past.

Speaking to EW, the director said: "Certainly aware of it. It's funny. One the one hand, they - for me - feel like the closest thing that we have right now to an old Hollywood couple, like Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn or Fred and Ginger or Myrna Loy and Dick Powell.

"There's something about the recurrence of Ryan and Emma as a couple and about them individually as actors and the way they register onscreen - the timeless glamour that they're capable of."

La La Land opened the Venice Film Festival earlier this week, where it has enchanted audiences and has been tipped as a major Oscar contender.

The film marks the return of Chazelle to the director's chair for the first time since he enjoyed huge success with Whiplash.

The director has assembled a great cast as J.K. Simmons - who on a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his work in Whiplash - Finn Wittrock, Rosemarie DeWitt, and John Legend are also on board.

La La Land was already surrounded in Oscar whispers, but now the musical looks like it is quickly becoming an Academy Award front-runner.

And UK audiences will be back to see what all the fuss is about later this autumn, as the movie is set to screen at the BFI London Film Festival; where it will be one of the must-see movies.

La La Land is released 13th January 2017.

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