Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer’s 1940s crime drama Gangster Squad received its first trailer today, showing off an incredible cast that includes Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Nick Nolte, Giovanni Ribisi, Anthony Mackie, Michael Pena and Emma Stone. Adapted from Paul Lieberman’s seven-part Los Angeles Times series (“Crusaders in the underworld: The LAPD takes on organized crime“) by Will Beall (Castle), the film follows the true story of the LAPD’s secret squad of mercenary cops who were assigned to hunt down infamous gangster Mickey Cohen (Penn) — a member of the Jewish Mafia, who also once worked for Meyer Lansky and Bugsy Siegel — all in an effort to keep East Coast organized crime figures from moving and settling in. The trailer uses Jay-Z’s ‘Oh My God‘, which is an odd choice for a period film but also undeniably badass, helping to establish a sense of fun that the likes of Michael Mann’s admirable but overly solemn 2009 effort Public Enemies was lacking. Gangster Squad looks like The Untouchables meets L.A. Confidential, and with such a fantastic cast as well as a thrilling true story, I’m hoping Fleischer can deliver something on par with those crime classics.
UPDATE: Gangster Squad has been pushed back to January 11, 2013 in the US and January 17 in New Zealand. Watch the first trailer below (via Collider).