Looks like these guys can’t get enough of Emma Stone. The meteorically rising young actress is about to tread some familiar territory as she enters negotiations for “Gangster Squad”, a film that will reunite her not only with her “Zombieland” director Ruben Fleischer, who is helming the pic, but also with “Crazy, Stupid, Love” co-star Ryan Gosling, who is the star. Stone and Gosling will be joined in the 1940s drama by Sean Penn, Josh Brolin and Anthony Mackie.
In the Will Beall-scripted crime drama based on a true story, Penn will be notorious Los Angeles mobster Mickey Cohen, a charismatic figure who was also a bit of a celebrity, even being featured in a Life Magazine profile. But he was also considered a sociopath with a dark side, and Gosling and Brolin’s pair of cops are called in to put a stop to his dealings when innocent people start getting hurt. Mackie will play former LAPD lieutenant Rocky Washington, while Stone, according to Variety’s Showblitz blog, is in talks to play a “sharp-tongued siren” who gets caught in a love triangle between Penn’s mobster and Gosling’s good guy.
She broke out on the scene with a supporting role in 2007′s “Superbad” but it was 2010′s “Easy A” that showed Stone had serious potential as a future A-Lister. She just wrapped up playing Gwen Stacy opposite Andrew Garfield in “The Amazing Spider-Man” for director Marc Webb and will next be seen showing off her dramatic chops in August’s “The Help”, based on the best-selling novel by Kathryn Stockett.