One town, one criminal and one goal that could change everything. These elements define Gangster Squad, a tale of two LAPD vigilantes who take matters into their own hands when they fear L.A. is falling victim to the Mafia. With the order from the police chief to halt the mob scene, a small brave crew forms to take care of business. The LAPD’s objective: take the ringleader down.
Director Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) takes us back to the 1940 and ’50s era Los Angeles with Gangster Squad. The film is a mix of seduction, opulent lifestyle and the attempt to tear down an empire.
Academy Award winner Sean Penn stars as mobster Mickey Cohen, while Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling star as the law men trying to bring him down. Emma Stone takes a turn as Grace Faraday, the provocative moll who brings more chaos and trouble to the proceedings. Nick Nolte appears as the LAPD chief who will not stand for his city to be corrupted.
The film is set to release Jan. 11. What better way to see Gosling and Stone in another film together? Read the official synopsis and watch the trailer below.
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.
Under the direction of Ruben Fleischer (“Zombieland”), “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. The film stars Oscar® nominees Josh Brolin (“Milk,” “True Grit”) and Ryan Gosling (“Half Nelson,” “Drive”) as the LAPD’s Sgt. John O’Mara and Jerry Wooters, and Academy Award® winner Sean Penn (“Milk,” “Mystic River”) as real-life mobster Mickey Cohen. The film also stars Oscar® nominee Nick Nolte (“Warrior,” “Affliction”) as LAPD Chief “Whiskey Bill” Parker, and Emma Stone as Grace Faraday, Cohen’s moll and the object of Wooters’ attention.