Now that Bryan Cranston has departed The Gangster Squad in order to do Ben Affleck's film Argo, Robert Patrick has stepped up to fill the bill. Director Ruben Fleischer's awesomely assembled project will find the "T-1000" playing Texan cop Max Kennard, a transplant to Los Angeles who gets roped into the mob-busting gangster squad, according to Variety.

One of LAPD's own, Will Beall, penned the script based on Tales From The Gangster Squad, a Los Angeles Times series by Paul Lieberman. Billed as an actor's showcase, the film features Sean Penn as famed LA mob boss Mickey Cohen, Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling play two of the elite cops charged with arresting the associate of Meyer Lansky and Bugsy Siegel.

Warner Bros. has made The Gangster Squad a high priority project for the past year. Most recently, Fleischer's Zombieland darling Emma Stone signed on to play the femme fatale caught between Mickey Cohen and Gosling's good-doer character.

Filming has yet to begin, but the cop drama pic will shoot up theaters sometime in 2013.

[via Variety]