The Gangster Squad Starts Taking Over L.A.

Principal photography has begun on Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ “The Gangster Squad” starring Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone and Sean Penn. It is 1949, Los Angeles. Brooklyn-born mob king Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) runs the show ruthlessly in this town, reaping gains from drugs, guns, prostitutes and almost every wire bet placed west of Chicago. And he does it all with the protection of not only his goons but the police and politicians that are under his control. A secret crew of LAPD outsiders led by Sgt. John O’Mara (Josh Brolin) and Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling) are crazy enough to come together to try to tear Cohen’s world apart and save the city from his hands. Read on to find out more about "The Gangster Squad" after the break.

Shooting entirely in and around Los Angeles, including in many of the actual locations featured in the story, “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. The screenplay is by Will Beall (TV’s “Castle”), based on Paul Lieberman’s series of articles entitled “Tales From the Gangster Squad.” The film is being produced by Dan Lin (“Sherlock Holmes”), Kevin McCormick (upcoming “The Lucky One”) and Michael Tadross (“Arthur”). “The Gangster Squad” stars Penn as real-life mobster Mickey Cohen; Brolin and Gosling as the LAPD’s Sgt. John O’Mara and Jerry Wooters; and Stone as Grace Faraday, Cohen’s moll and the object of Wooters’ attention.

The movie also stars Robert Patrick (“Flags of Our Fathers”) as Officer Max Kennard, a deadly cop who patrols the Olvera Street beat; Michael Peña (“Battle Los Angeles”) as Kennard’s over-eager sidekick, Navidad Ramirez; Giovanni Ribisi (“Avatar”) as the force’s Conway Keeler, an electronics expert who takes as much pleasure in fixing his son’s bike as he does tinkering with experimental, military-grade equipment; and Anthony Mackie (“The Adjustment Bureau”) as Coleman Harris, a switchblade-wielding cop who proudly patrols one of the most crime-ridden areas of the city.

Joining Fleischer behind the scenes are the director’s regular collaborators, production designer Maher Ahmad and editor Alan Baumgarten (“30 Minutes or Less,” “Zombieland”), as well as Academy Award®-winning director of photography Dion Beebe (“Memoirs of a Geisha”) and Oscar®-nominated costume designer Mary Zophres (“True Grit”).

If you are pretty excited for "The Gangster Squad" then you will have to wait a pretty long time before seeing it. The film is currently slated for a 2013 release. “The Gangster Squad” will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.


  1. gosling going maintsteam lately. hopefully he doesn't get over exposed