Bryan Cranston Also Lands Role in Ruben Fleischer's 'Gangster Squad'
It must be a good week for "Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston. Not only did we just learn yesterday that he landed a pivotal role in Ben Affleck's Tehran hostage crisis film Argo, but now he's negotiating to star in another high profile film based on events even further in the past. Variety reports Cranson is working on a deal to join the cast of Gangster Squad, the period police drama and first non-comedy film from Zombieland and 30 Minutes or Less director Ruben Fleishcer. Cranston is just another great addition to a cast that already includes Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin, Michael Pena and Anthony Mackie.
Cranston will play ax Kennard, a laconic LAPD officer from Texas who enforces the law ambitiously as the film follows an off-the-books LAPD squad of mercenary cops who chased infamous gangster Micky Cohen out of town back in the 40's. The true story is based on a series of LA Times articles from Paul Lieberman which chronicles the mayhem, deception and, of course, the action that took place decades ago. Frankly, I'm interested to see what Fleischer does with a film that doesn't combine action and comedy. And with a cast like this, well maybe Fleischer will be in awards contention sooner than later.