According to Deadline Giovanni Ribisi (Avatar) will be joining Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling and Anthony Mackie in The Gangster Squad, a 1940s crime drama that will be directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland).
Penn will play Los Angeles mobster Mickey Cohen, with Gosling and Brolin set to play two cops assigned to bring him down when the gangster starts targeting innocent people. Ribisi will play Conway Keeler, a cop in the group who is a master of electronics and wires. The film is based on a series of articles written by Paul Lieberman which chronicle the LAPD’s fight to keep East Coast Mafia types out of Los Angeles in the 1940s and 50s.
Ruben Fleischer has mainly been a director of comedies with his latest, 30 Minutes or Less, set for release in August. This will be his first attempt at a serious drama, and it’s looking promising thanks to the impressive cast he’s managed to pull together.