Emma Stone to join Gangster Squad?

Emma Stone is in the frame to star in '40s crime drama The Gangster Squad, opposite Ryan Gosling and Sean Penn.

Stone, who scooped a 2011 BAFTA nomination in the Rising Star category, would play a character caught between gangster Mickey Cohen (Penn) and good cop Jerry Wooters (Gosling). Josh Brolin also stars as another cop in the force.

Set in Los Angeles, the plot is based on Paul Lieberman's serialised stories focusing on corruption in the LAPD in the '40s.

The project would see Stone working with some old friends: Crazy, Stupid, Love co-star Ryan Gosling and Zombieland director Rubin Fleisher.

That reunion is still some way off, mind - and The Gangster Squad is not expected to be released until 2013.