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Warner Bros. has premiered the first trailer for Gangster Squad, the 1940s crime drama from Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer about the violent war waged by the Los Angeles Police Department to keep the East Coast mob out of the city.
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 who are under his control. 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 Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling), who come together to try to tear Cohen’s world apart. Gangster Squad is a colorful 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.
Watch the trailer below or in HD at Apple.com. Written by Will Beall and based on based on “L.A. Noir: Tales from the Gangster Squad,” a seven-part series published in 2008 by the Los Angeles Times, Gangster Squad also stars Nick Nolte, Robert Patrick, Michael Peña, Giovanni Ribisi, Anthony Mackie and Emma Stone. It opens Oct. 19.