Warner Bros. has debuted the first trailer for director Ruben Fleischer‘s crime drama The Gangster Squad. The film stars Sean Penn as mob king Mickey Cohen, a ruthless gangster who runs the entire city of Los Angeles, including the cops and politicians under his control. Determined to bring him down is a small, secret task-force spearheaded by Sgt. John O’Mara (Josh Brolin) and Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling).
Beyond the great-looking cast and the seemingly slick style of filmmaking we are glimpsing in the trailer, it’s tough to know what to expect from this movie. Rather than being a straight dramatic thriller, it seems that Fleischer (Zombieland) is trying to add some rather B-movie elements to the proceedings. Is it why Warner Bros. has withdrawn the film’s original release date?
At any rate, I’m still quite excited for this movie, if only for Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. Hopefully, we will get a better feel of how this will play out as we get nearer to the film’s release.
Watch the trailer below or click over to Apple to watch in HD. The Gangster Squad has no release date yet.
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. “The 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.