Just 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.