Director Ruben Fleischer wants his new movie, Gangster Squad, to be “the” iconic gangster movie for a new generation, as actor Michael Pena says, “in the vein” of The Godfather and The Untouchables. Personally, I’d like nothing more. I love Noir , I love gangster movies new and old. I'm always up for a good one.
Fleischer’s Neo-Noir with it’s incredible all-star cast and a a script, based on Paul Lieberman’s original seven-part article in the LA Times, by Will Beall (“Castle”, Justice League),has potential. The trailers I’ve seen, both before and after the reshoots, tell me I’m going to like this. Will I love it enough to give it iconic status? We’ll see. The movie finally opens in January. We have nine new character posters for you to look at, plus here’s a little featurette, at the end of which all I could think was, “I want more”.
"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."
Gangster Squad stars Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, Emma Stone, Nick Nolte, Robert Patrick, Michael Pena, Giovanni Ribisi and Anthony Mackie and opens in the US and the UK on January 11 (after having been pushed up from October to September and then waaaay back to January). See everything we have on the film here.