Director Ruben Fleischer will be switching genres with his upcoming film Gangster Squad. The film is set in the 1940’s and stars a ton of star power that will most likely get some Oscar consideration. Gangster Squad is a complete change of pace for Fleischer, who last directed Zombieland and 30 Minutes or Less.
I personally am for the change-up and I think Gangster Squad looks phenomenal. The slow-motion camerawork fits right in with the bright and stylish look of the scenery.
Gangster Squad stars Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Robert Patrick, Emma Stone, Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Pena, Anthony Mackie, Frank Grillo, Nick Nolte and Sean Penn. It will be released sometime this fall.
Watch the first trailer below, via Apple:
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.