Get a sneak peek at Woody Allen's latest all-star ensemble film, out July 17

By Gabrielle Olya
April 29, 2015 12:00 PM
Sony Pictures

Emma Stone has a new love interest – on-screen at least.

PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly got an exclusive first look at the Oscar-nominated actress, 26, as she crushes on her costar Joaquin Phoenix in the new Irrational Man trailer.

Written and directed by Woody Allen, the comedy-drama follows a college student (Stone) who develops feelings for her emotionally disturbed philosophy professor Abe Lucas, played by Phoenix, 40.

“There was no question there was something lighter about Abe … my thoughts were very mixed-up and troubled,” Stone’s character says in the trailer as she reflects on her alcohol-abusing, convoluted teacher.

And costar Parker Posey describes the actors’ chemistry as “wonderful.”

“Working with Joaquin and Emma, they were both great,” says Posey.

The movie blends Allen’s signature mix of romance, darkness and quirkiness.

“I don’t know if I can even tell you my thoughts about it without revealing things,” says Posey, 46, of the film. “It’s amazing for Woody to have made so many movies and still surprise audiences. He’s a maestro. He’s amazing.”

Irrational Man also stars Jamie Blackley and will hit theaters July 17.

For more on Irrational Man, pick up the new issues of PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly, on newsstands Friday

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