Emma Stone Aiming to Join Ruben Fleischer's 'Gangster Squad' Movie

July 27, 2011
Source: Variety

Emma Stone

Some quick casting news to kick off the day. Variety is reporting with confirmation from THR that director Ruben Fleischer is looking to pull actress Emma Stone into his next film, Gangster Squad over at Warner Bros. She also starred in Fleischer's first film, Zombieland, but this project is going to be Fleischer's big leap into non-comedic Hollywood. Stone is in negotiations for the lead role of Jean, a sharp-tongued siren caught in a love triangle with Ryan Gosling's character and Sean Penn, who plays mobster Mickey Cohen. The true story chronicles the LAPD's efforts to keep East Coast crime bosses out of '40s Los Angeles.

Gangster Squad includes a fantastic cast already, from Ryan Gosling to Sean Penn to Josh Brolin, Anthony Mackie, Giovanni Ribisi and Michael Pena. Dan Lin & Kevin McCormick are producing. Will Beall ("Castle") wrote the latest draft of the script, based on a 7-part LA Times series by Paul Lieberman about corruption in the LAPD. Emma Stone is on the rise, with major roles in The Amazing Spider-Man next summer as well as Crazy Stupid Love and The Help coming up. This is one of those high profile projects that I can't wait to see come together. Glad to see Fleischer filling up the cast with some of the best talent around. Sound good?

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