Robert Patrick Ready to Replace Bryan Cranston on 'Gangster Squad'
Recently we heard "Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston had snagged a role in the period crime drama Gangster Squad, the next film from action comedy director Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, 30 Minutes or Less). However, it sounds like his talks for the role didn't result in a deal as Variety reports Robert Patrick, best known as the T-1000 villain from Terminator 2: Judgment Day, will step up and take the role for which Cranston was negotiating. The actor joins the lovely Emma Stone, (she previously worked with Fleischer on Zombieland), who just joined the cast of the promising Warner Bros. film earlier this week.
Patrick will play Max 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 seven-part series of LA Times articles from Paul Lieberman which chronicles the mayhem, deception and, of course, the action that took place decades ago. Though I was looking forward to Cranston taking another film role, Patrick is a fine replacement. Though his most iconic role will always be from the aforementioned James Cameron directed sci-fi sequel, Patrick has had some great supporting roles over the past few years in films like Walk the Line. We'll also see him in the Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds led thriller Safe House next year, so he's certainly keeping busy.