Bryan Cranston Attached To ‘Gangster Squad’

Corey MatthewsJust yesterday, I had the good fortune to report that dramatic demigod Bryan Cranston might be joining the cast of the CIA hostage-rescue film Argo. But Cranston is not done thrilling me this week. Reportedly, he’s also attached to Gangster Squad: a film chronicling the true story of the investigation and capture of 1940s mobster Mickey Cohen by a secret police task force.

Cranston will play a no-nonsense LAPD officer named Max Kennard. Others cast members include Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin (seriously…how GOOD is this movie going to be?), Anthony Mackie and Michael Peña. Zombieland’s Ruben Fleischer is set to direct (THAT’S how good!).

Cranston’s fourth season as an increasingly criminal drug dealer in Breaking Bad will premiere July 17. After four years on one side of the law, Cranston seems to be interested in exploring the intricacies of the “good guys,” both in Gangster Squad as a police officer and Argo as a CIA agent. Traditionally in film, the good guys are treated as lesser characters. But with the unstoppable force of Heisenberg behind these roles, I predict nothing short of intensity-induced brain-explosions. Just wait. Brain-explosions, people.

Source: Comingsoon

Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.