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 he has under his thumb. 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 Sgt. Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling), who come together to try to tear Cohen's world apart.
Under the direction of Ruben Fleischer, "Gangster Squad" is a stylish 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"), and Academy Award® winner Sean Penn ("Milk," "Mystic River") as Mickey Cohen. The film also stars Oscar® nominee Nick Nolte ("Warrior," "Affliction"), Emma Stone, Anthony Mackie, Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Peña, Robert Patrick and Mireille Enos.
The screenplay was written by Will Beall, based on the book Gangster Squad by Paul Lieberman. The film is produced by Dan Lin, Kevin McCormick and Michael Tadross. The executive producers are Ruben Fleischer, Paul Lieberman and Bruce Berman.
Fleischer was joined behind the scenes by his regular collaborators, production designer Maher Ahmad and editor Alan Baumgarten, as well as editor James Herbert, Academy Award®-winning director of photography Dion Beebe ("Memoirs of a Geisha") and Oscar®-nominated costume designer Mary Zophres ("True Grit"). The film's composer is Steve Jablonsky.
Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, a Lin Pictures/Kevin McCormick Production, "Gangster Squad." The film is being distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.