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Bryan Cranston in talks for “Gangster Squad”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Bryan Cranston’s on a hot streak. His critically acclaimed “Breaking Bad” is returning to AMC. He’s got a side part as Julia Roberts’ husband in Tom Hanks’ “Larry Crowne,” which opens on July 1. And he’s about to join what sounds like a fantastic ensemble for a period crime thriller.

Cranston is negotiating to star in Ruben Fleischer’s “Gangster Squad,” which already has cast Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin, Anthony Mackie and Michael Peña, according to Variety.

The film is ripped from the headlines of decades-old newspapers regarding a band of “off the record” police offers who were tasked with bringing down crime boss Meyer Harris “Mickey” Cohen in the 1949s.

Variety reports that Cranston would play Max Kennard, a “laconic LAPD officer from Texas who enforces the law ambitiously.”

“The Gangster Squad” is eyeing a 2013 release date.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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