Penn, Brolin, Gosling In Talks For “Squad”

Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin have all begun negotiations to join the crime drama saga “Gangster Squad” at Warner Bros. Pictures says Deadline.

Based on a series of Los Angeles Times articles, the true story tale follows a secret “off the record” police task force in the 1940 who pursued high-profile gangster Meyer Harris “Mickey” Cohen (Penn), a member of the so-called “Jewish Mafia”. Former L.A. cop and novelist Will Beall penned the script.

Last month came word that Penn and Gosling were respectively offered the roles of Cohen and one of the two cops assigned to bring Cohen down when the gangster’s penchant for violence leaves innocent blood on the street. Now they’re in active talks along with Brolin who will play the other cop.

Ruben Fleischer (“Zombieland”) directs the film while Dan Lin and Kevin McCormick are producing. Shooting kicks off this Fall.