'Gangster Squad' Trailer: Sean Penn Runs This Town (VIDEO)

10/12/2012 08:01 am ET

Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin lead the title team in "Gangster Squad," but one look at the film's newest trailer reveals the real star of this show: Sean Penn as Mickey Cohen.

Caked in makeup, Penn plays the infamous Los Angeles gangster in Ruben Fleischer's film with a brio that recalls Robert De Niro's work in "The Untouchables." Some choice Penn dialogue: "You're talking to God, so you might as well swear to me." "I'm the future." "Kill their families! Their kids!" "Any cop not for sale is like a dog with rabies. You just got to put him down." (OK?) "Los Angeles is my destiny!" "You're going to be begging for a bullet before it's over." And so on.

"Gangster Squad" was set for release on Sept. 7, but Warner Bros. delayed the film until Jan. 11, 2013 to allow Fleischer time to reshoot a key sequence in the film following the murders of 12 people during a July shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. (The scene in question showed four armed men shooting up a movie theater.)

Watch the new trailer above and head over to Apple to check it out in HD.

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