The Gangster Squad releases a new image

The unit assembles

We’ve already seen Sean Penn and Josh Brolin squaring up to each other in Ruben Fleischer’s period noir The Gangster Squad, but a new image has finally given us an opportunity to see the titular unit assembled and ready for action.

The latest still shows Michael Pena, Ryan Gosling, Robert Patrick and Anthony Mackie all convened outside LA’s City Hall, while Brolin stalks away in the manner of a man on a mission.

The film tells the story of the creation of a special unit in the LAPD charged with bringing down violent gangster Mickey Cohen (Penn) in the ’40s. Brolin plays the leader of said unit, a former military man embittered by the decline of his fair city.

The story is taken from a series of LA Times articles written by journalist Paul Lieberman, with the script adapted by former LA copper turned novelist Will Beall.

Also starring Emma Stone, Nick Nolte, Giovanni Ribisi and Josh Pence, The Gangster Squad will come swaggering into UK cinemas on 9 November 2012.

Who's the sharpest looking squad member? Thoughts below, please.


    • SiMan

      Jan 16th 2012, 13:58

      Didn't the character of Mickey Cohen pop up in LA Confidential. Can i just watch that film again instead.

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    • MikeyRix

      Jan 16th 2012, 16:41

      @SiMan Nobody's stopping you...

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    • aragorn01

      Jan 16th 2012, 17:16

      was there REALLY an afro-american back in the 50's in the gangster task force?? wasn't the LAPD back then racist...?? an afro-american and a latino playing cops in the 50's...? i dunno it seems too TODAY and PC. i hope i'm wrong.

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    • aragorn01

      Jan 16th 2012, 17:17

      By the way, is this squad the same one portrayed in LA Confidential and Mulholland Falls..??

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    • DanRose

      Jan 16th 2012, 20:34

      Aragon01... it does seem a little silly or "PC" y... as there was absolutely no black or Hispanic member of the Gangster Squad as records show.

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    • Ali1748

      Jan 16th 2012, 20:46

      Are we really complaining about a black member of a 50's crime squad, I mean I am all for historical accuracy but I ain't going to kick up a fuss about that, it's like complaining about Idris Elba being a Norse God in Thor. You'd think by 2012 all the subtle racism might be gone but sadly it's still around.

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    • writerdave87

      Jan 17th 2012, 14:03

      Racism's got nothing to do with it (see the Clint Eastwood V Spike Lee debate over Flags of our Fathers). If you're trying to do a historically accurate film, having a black character in the notoriously racist LAPD of that time is just 'token black guy' b******t. LA confidential had it spot on, and no-one complained. It's not racist to portray a time period accurately.

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