Sean Penn Joining Gangster Squad ?

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Sean Penn appears set to headline Gangster Squad, Deadline is reporting.

To be directed by Zombieland helmer Ruben Fleischer, Gangster Squad adapts a Los Angeles Times articles titled “Tales From the Gangster Squad.” The piece, written by Paul Lieberman, explores the true story of a band of secret “off the record” police task force who went after Meyer Harris “Mickey” Cohen, a high-profile gangster who was a member of the “Jewish Mafia” in the 1940’s.

Penn has been made an offer to star as Cohen and Ryan Gosling an offer to star as one of the members of the police task force. Confirmation for both roles is expected shortly.

Penn will next appear in Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life while Gosling will appear in the upcoming Drive, The Ides of March and is rumored to headline Warner’s remake of Logan’s Run.

Gangster Squad arrives with a script by Will Beall and will be produced by Dan Lin and Kevin McCormick.