It looks like the sausage party of “Gangster Squad” is getting ready to add some estrogen into the mix, with another high profile bit of casting to add to the already awesomely/ridiculously stacked ensemble.
Word has been knocking around for a couple days now, but Variety confirms that Emma Stone will mix it up in the gangland pic. Once all the contract stuff is worked out, Stone will play Jean, a mouthy looker who gets caught up in a love triangle between gangster Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) and one of the men tasked with taking him down played by Ryan Gosling. Femme fatale, much?
Stone joins Josh Brolin, Anthony Mackie, Michael Peña, Giovanni Ribisi and Holt McCallany in the true crime flick about a specialized L.A.P.D. unit set up in the ‘40s to fight the growing influence of the East Coast Mafia, namely that from infamous gangster Mickey Cohen, a mogul who started as muscle for Al Capone in Chicago. The film is based on a series of articles in the L.A. Times by Paul Lieberman and was picked up soon after its publication in 2008 by Warner Bros. who, in turn, hired former L.A. cop-turned-novelist Will Beall to adapt with his script landing on the Black List.
No word yet on who will replace Bryan Cranston who was forced out due to scheduling woes, but it looks like the chemistry between Stone and Gosling won’t end with “Crazy Stupid Love” (opening this weekend).