Sean Penn and Ryan Gosling approached for Gangster Squad

Warner Brothers flick gets green light...

Sean Penn and Ryan Gosling have been offered lead roles in The Gangster Squad, as Warner Bros' mobster epic gets the green light.

The Ruben Fleishler-directed crime picture will follow notorious kingpin Mickey Cohen, who worked his way up from Al Capone's sidekick to gangster entrepeneur - only to be later arrested for tax evasion.

Alongside Penn, it's reported that Ryan Gosling has been approached to play one of the LAPD officers who famously chased Cohen out of town.

Fleischer previously helmed the fantastic Zombieland, so he's sure to do this justice. As for Penn, it's another chance to mould a truly memorable performance - he's certainly capable of it.

Nothing's locked - title included - so file this under 'Please let it happen!' for now.

Gangster or No-thankster? Can we hope for another Mystic River - quality performance from Penn? Give us your two cents below.

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