What was set to be one of Warner Brothers bigger films of this year, director Ruben Fleischer’s (Zombieland) Gangster Squad was pulled from its original release date in the US on 7th September in respect of victims of the Aurora shootings at the opening night of The Dark Knight Rises. The film contained a movie theatre shoot out scene which was eventually removed, and the ending of the film had to be completely re-shot. All the advertising was changed too because the original trailers contained footage of a cinema shootout. Naturally, Warners thought this to be too offensive after the tragic events, and Gangster Squad was pulled from release and given a new release date of 11th January.
Now that there has been some time for healing after the shootings, Warners are ready to begin promoting their film again, and after revealing a cool new poster with Emma Stone looking very sexy on Wednesday, they also revealed a brand new trailer yesterday. We have both right here for you to enjoy, and enjoy you shall. The new trailer is amazing, and makes full use of its stunning cast while working with the music brilliantly. Check out all the good stuff below.
Ruben Fleischer directs, and Will Beal has adapted the screenplay from Paul Lieberman’s book. Ryan Gosling heads up the cast, and joining him for the ride will be (deep breath!!), Sean Penn, Emma Stone, Josh Brolin, Nick Nolte, Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Pena, Mireille Enos, Robert Patrick, Anthony Mackie, Frank Grillo, Josh Pence, Derek Mears and Sullivan Stapleton.
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 colourful 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.
Gangster Squad arrives in UK cinemas 11th January 2013.