According to Deadline Warner Bros. is currently in negotiations with Sean Penn, Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling to star in Gangster Squad, a 1940s crime drama that will be directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland).
If all goes well Penn will play Los Angeles mobster Mickey Cohen, with Gosling and Brolin in talks to play two cops assigned to bring him down when the gangster starts targeting innocent people. 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.
All three actors have Oscar nominations or wins under their belt, so Gangster Squad could easily be a contender when the 2013 ceremony rolls round. So far director Ruben Fleischer has only been associated with comedy, so it’ll be interesting to see him try something darker. Warner Bros. aim to begin filming later this year so they’ll be hoping to wrap up these deals soon.