Warner Bros. has brought online the Gangster Squad trailer, offering the first look at the late-’40s set crime thriller directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) and starring Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Nick Nolte, Robert Patrick, Michael Pena, Giovanni Ribisi, Anthony Mackie, Emma Stone and Sean Penn.
Set in Los Angeles, 1949, Gangster Squad is based on Paul Lieberman’s seven-part “Tales From the Gangster Squad” series centered on the Los Angeles Police Dept.’s struggle with increasing crime and corruption in the 1940s, when the department formed the Gangster Squad to keep East Coast organized crime figures from planting roots. At the center of it all is Mickey Cohen (Penn), a former boxer who became an associate of Meyer Lansky and Bugsy Siegel. While charismatic, he was also considered an ultra-violent sociopath.
The film is set to hit theaters later this year.