'Gangster Squad' Redux Gets Its First Trailer

Josh Brolin in Gangster Squad
Josh Brolin in Gangster Squad
Photo: Warner Bros.

Yesterday we got the new poster and today the first trailer for the altered and reshot Gangster Squad from director Ruben Fleischer starring Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Nick Nolte, Robert Patrick, Michael Pena, Giovanni Ribisi, Anthony Mackie, Emma Stone and Sean Penn.

Reshoots took place due to a scene that too closely mimicked the tragic events in Aurora, Colorado this summer and now the film has a shiny new release date on January 11 where the story of Los Angeles police officers in 1949 step away from their bought and paid for colleagues to form the small, secret crew of LAPD outsiders led by Sgt. John O'Mara (Brolin) and Jerry Wooters (Gosling) to take down the ruthless, Brooklyn-born mob king Mickey Cohen (Penn).

The scene that was eventually cut from the movie, according to the Hollywood Reporter, featured mobsters bursting through the silver screen of Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood with Tommy guns blazing. The bloody gunplay continued in the lobby and courtyard and spilled onto Hollywood Boulevard.

The scene was fictional and has since been reshot with the action moving to L.A.'s Chinatown and based on this trailer it looks like a little has already found its way into the marketing.

Check out the new trailer below and see what you think.

  • Chris

    This movie looks like a disappointment.

  • Chris

    I think it looks decent. Really wish the original version still came out in September, but I'll see anything with Gosling in it.

  • http://cineenuruguay.blogspot.com/ Driver

    It still looks badass to me. January, september, I dont care, Im in.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/CapnGeechandTheShrimpShackShooters/ Capn Geech and The Shrimp Shack Shooters

    i dont care what anyone says.......it still looks amazing.

    However, i feel like they could have left the theater shooting scene in there with pushing it to January......its already seems like that story is off everyones radar even now.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

    Ya know that theater sequence would have been badass.

    Anyway, looks like a solid action flick. I'll watch anything with Ryan Gosling. I just worry that the film will get bogged down with that Emma Stone romance side-plot. Soo cliche.

  • SP1234

    It's a shame the tragedy moved this out of awards race (definately think Penn and Stone would've gotten consideration), but I am curious because of the January release means if they'll do a limited December release a la Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.

  • JN Films

    They should go limited release (LA, NY, SF) before the end of December to get into this year's Oscar race

    • http://thefilmgoersproject.com filmgoermatt

      Methinks it would take a hell of a lot more than that for Gangster Squad to get into the Oscar race. I expect it to tank with critics, and I can't see Warner Bros. doing much publicity or campaigning for it.

  • Winchester

    Looks like it's just aiming for basic imitation pulp.

    Visually it looks as if the film will have a great time recreating the period setting of Los Angeles but a lot of the lines in that trailer come off as nothing better than rote dialogue for this sort of thing.

    'Los Angeles is my DESTINY!' - Lol! That and most of Penn's trailer dialogue gave me chuckles I have to say.

  • http://www.rabidpictures.com Yaz

    Decent. That's the word. I'm not a fan of the visual aesthetic... Penn looks WAY too processed. Still, it looks like it could be decent. Considering the cast, it will be a big disappointment if it's not at least passable.

  • Connor420

    Looks so badass. I just feel like his trailer spoils a lot more.

  • Matt

    It still looks pretty badass to me. I've lowered my expectations a bit, but am still hoping for the best.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Grissom/ Grissom

    Why not move it up to December 7. It would be in time for the Oscars, plus it wouldn't be in a deadend release plus virtually no competition that day (unless Playing for keeps is a highly anticipated one).

  • drew

    This looks terrific. Hopefully it is as visually and sonically charged as the trailer. By my coint, this by far is the best trailer of the two, while probably giving away more of the plot, but also allowing the pic to be seen as more of an uptempo action ride. This trailer also doesn't feel as awkward or forced as the last trailer, and Gosling in particular seems to come off alot better, more as a central character rather than an a played up subplot.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/JDub/ J Dub

    That actually looks pretty tight. Reminds me of the Untouchables and LA Confidential, both of which I love.

    But Sean Penn's make-up looks like it was left over from Dick Tracy.

  • Randall McMurphy

    It actually looks a lot better than before to me