Director Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) recently spoke with EW about his highly anticipated next film Gangster Squad and an awesome picture has just been released with stars Sean Penn and Josh Brolin squaring off against each other.
Adapted by Will Beall (Castle), this crime-thriller will revolve around the so-called “Gangster Squad”, a Los Angeles Police task force fighting to keep East Coast Mafia types such as gangster Mickey Cohen (Penn) out of the city during the 1940s and 50s. Brolin plays the head of this task force while Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Michael Peña, Anthony Mackie, Giovanni Ribisi, Nick Nolte and Holt McCallany are also part of the star-studded cast.
In his interview with EW, Fleischer revealed more about what the story will be about:
“O’Mara (Josh Brolin), our lead character, has just come back from fighting the Nazis with all these ideals after seeing America at its greatest. And he’s come home and there’s a gangster running his city. While he was gone, Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) took over and he turned the streets of L.A. into a battle zone. In our story, O’ Mara takes the lead of the Gangster Squad, a vigilante police force that fights the gangsters on their own terms, and the battle between them is for the future of Los Angeles: whether it’s going to become corrupt and run by this bunch of gangsters or these guys who fought for these values and want L.A. to be the shining beacon on the west coast that it was always intended to be.”
Speaking of the picture above, he said:
“Ultimately it’s the story between these two guys. It’s Josh and Sean who face off at the end after a big gun battle between the Gangster Squad and Cohen and his men. O’Mara catches up to Cohen and Sean mockingly says, “Okay, copper, take me in.”
Fleischer also talks a bit about Gosling’s character:
“Ryan’s character also went to war, but when he came back, he was a little disillusioned. So he’s more on the fence, hanging out in nightclubs and hanging out with guys who might be gangsters. He’s less clear on where he stands in terms of standing up against Mickey Cohen. But he finds himself in a love triangle with Cohen and Emma Stone’s femme fatale character.”
On reuniting with Emma Stone after working with her on Zombieland:
“There’s a reason why I was very, very eager to work with her again. She’s simply the best. Everyone as soon as they met her was taken by how cool and smart and funny and talented she is. I think she really transforms in this movie from being that sort of teenager or college kid that we’ve seen in movies into a real woman.”
I absolutely can’t wait to see this movie. It just sounds like it’s going to be an incredible crime-thriller much like one of my favorite film of all-time, LA Confidential.
Make sure to read the full interview on EW. Gangster Squad opens October 19th, 2012.