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Ruben Fleischer did wonderful things with zombie comedy in the late-2009 release Zombieland. For his next trick, he’s turning to a period police story with The Gangster Squad. Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin and Sean Penn signed on in April, and they’ll be joined by Michael Pena and Anthony Mackie. One more notable name appears to be in the mix, too, none of than Breaking Bad star and multiple Emmy winner Bryan Cranston.
Cranston is in talks for the role of Max Kennard, a Texan-turned-LAPD officer who “enforces the law ambitiously,” Variety reports. The news comes following yesterday’s report that Cranston is also in talks to join Ben Affleck’s Argo.
Fleischer’s Zombieland follow-up is coming together with some serious name attached to it. The Dan Lin and Kevin McCormick-produced story is based on a seven-part series featured in The Los Angeles Times, “Tales from the Gangster Squad,” which Warner Bros. picked up the rights to in 2009. The series, written by Paul Lieberman, detailed the efforts of the titular Gangster Squad, an LAPD task force assigned to keep organized crime from the East Coast out of Los Angeles during the 1940s.