Gangster Squad is an upcoming film that has my full attention do to its saturation of appreciable talent, sporting a cast that includes Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin, Anthony Macking, Emma Stone and more. That kind of ensemble is radar approved without even having to go through a pre-screening or background check. The film was delayed not too long ago to adjust some scenes and re-shoots and the fact that promotion is resuming for the film I’m getting the impression that they may have wrapped things up. These new character banners are pretty cool looking and are expected to pop up in theaters and on billboards in the near future.
Los Angeles, 1949. Ruthless, Brooklyn-born mob king Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) runs the show in this town, reaping the ill-gotten gains from the drugs, the guns, the prostitutes and–if he has his way–every wire bet placed west of Chicago. And he does it all with the protection of not only his own paid goons, but also the police and the politicians who are under his control. It’s enough to intimidate even the bravest, street-hardened cop…except, perhaps, for the small, secret crew of LAPD outsiders led by Sgt. John O’Mara (Josh Brolin) and Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling), who come together to try to tear Cohen’s world apart. “Gangster Squad” is a colorful retelling of events surrounding the LAPD’s efforts to take back their nascent city from one of the most dangerous mafia bosses of all time.