Posted on Friday, December 9th, 2011 by Russ Fischer
After quite a few set pictures showed up from the LA shoot of Ruben Fleischer‘s Gangster Squad, we’ve now got the first official promo photo for the film, showing Josh Brolin as an LA cop staring down Sean Penn as famed LA gangster Mickey Cohen. There’s not a lot to the pic — it’s two actors in era-appropriate suits with a lot of color correction — but their specific poses and positioning does tell us something about the characters, and the image looks good in general. See a full version below.
EW debuted this image, and unfortunately the resolution below is all we’ve got. Expect Warner Bros. to release a high-res version in the near future.
The film is based on a set of LA Times articles that detailed the LAPD’s attempt to curb the incursion of organized crime into post-war LA, and also stars Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Anthony Mackie, Nick Nolte, Michael Pena, and Giovanni Ribisi, just to name the biggest names.
Fleischer tells EW:
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We’ve taken some creative license but tried to stay true to the original story and characters as much as possible. O’Mara (Josh Brolin), our lead character, has just come back from fighting the Nazis with all these ideals after seeing America at its greatest. And he’s come home and there’s a gangster running his city. While he was gone, Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) took over and he turned the streets of L.A. into a battle zone. In our story, O’ Mara takes the lead of the Gangster Squad, a vigilante police force that fights the gangsters on their own terms, and the battle between them is for the future of Los Angeles: whether it’s going to become corrupt and run by this bunch of gangsters or these guys who fought for these values and want L.A. to be the shining beacon on the west coast that it was always intended to be.
Ryan’s character also went to war, but when he came back, he was a little disillusioned. So he’s more on the fence, hanging out in nightclubs and hanging out with guys who might be gangsters. He’s less clear on where he stands in terms of standing up against Mickey Cohen.