Gangster Squad Trailer: Cops on the QT in 1940s L.A.

L.A. Cop John O’Mara (Josh Brolin) faces down Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) in Gangster Squad.Hey…why does the bad guy look like he’s the one with the halo? Because it’s Chinatown. At least the time and place and stink of corruption are about right. Gangster Squad is an upcoming movie about an LAPD squad assembled and working off the books from 1946 through the 1950s to prevent the incursion of east coast organized crime into the west. Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling star as two of the cops, and Sean Penn plays boxer-turned-kingpin and their personal Most Wanted, Mickey Cohen. Here’s the stylish trailer:

The film is based upon a set of L.A. Times articles by journalist Paul Lieberman, and here’s a clip about those, including pictures of the real Mickey Cohen, who appears further off his fighting weight than the rangy Penn.

(Special Undead point of interest: Director Ruben Fleischer directed the campy-good Zombieland and is signed on for Zombieland 2. So there’s that.) Naturally, around here, we adore the subject matter and the period, and to us, this one has an L.A. Confidential feel with an Untouchables story.

What do you think? You in?