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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Director Ruben Fleischer Assembles the Gangster Avengers

Oh, it's about to be on and popping...

Ryan Gosling (you know, from the "hey girl, it's Ryan" twitter chronicles) is joining forces with Josh Brolin, Sean Penn, Giovanni Ribisi, Nick Nolte, Michael Peña, and Anthony Mackie in the mack attack of hoodlum flicks, The Gangster Squad.

The film, which also reunites Gosling with his Crazy, Stupid Love co-star Emma Stone (in hopefully a better movie), follows a vintage LAPD crew circa 1940s as they try to keep the east coast cops out of their hood (so to speak). Here's the official synopsis from Collider:

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.

As I mentioned before, I don't love Gosling and Stone together (Stone is just a bit too quirky for Gosling's Rico Suave-ness), but we'll wait to see how they do with this new project. But this rest of this cast? Priceless. They go without saying. Special shout out to Giovanni Ribisi, who never gets enough love but should.

Director Ruben Fleischer, whose previous credits include the mediocre 30 Minutes or Less and Zombieland, has his hands full with this film, but he looks like he rose to the occasion. Let's hope the movie proves it. We'll have to wait until The Gangster Squad opens in theaters later this year (no exact date has been released).


Alex Withrow said...

I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this trailer yet, aesthetically, it looks a little too...Watchmeny, if that makes. But I'm definitely excited for the cast.

Also, did you mean to call Nolte 'Nicole'? I got a huge laugh out of that.

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