The Gangster Squad

Gangster Squad, The

Release Date: 2013-01-11
Wide Release



Film Genre(s): Drama, Crime, Thriller

United States


Scripted by Will Beall, and based on L.A. Times' recent seven-part series "Tales From the Gangster Squad", this explores 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.


  • Variety reports that Warner Bros. has acquired rights to the project with Dan Lin to produce. Jon Silk will serve as co-producer. - 2008-11-06
  • Vulture reports that Warner Bros. has asked Ben Affleck to direct this pic (no definite response yet). - 2010-09-30
  • Warner Bros. Pictures is in early talks with Zombieland helmer Ruben Fleischer to direct the pic. - 2010-12-01
  • Variety reports that Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin are now in talks to star. - 2011-04-21
  • Variety reports that Anthony Mackie has joined the cast. - 2011-06-10
  • Deadline reports that Giovanni Ribisi has joined the cast. - 2011-07-06
  • Deadline reports that Nick Nolte has signed to co-star in this pic. - 2011-08-29