‘Gangster’ gearing up

Brolin joins Crowe, Washington

Josh Brolin is joining Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington in Universal and Imagine Entertainment’s “American Gangster,” being directed by Ridley Scott and produced by Brian Grazer.

Story concerns Harlem drug kingpin Frank Lucas (Washington), who smuggled heroin in the body bags of U.S. soldiers slain in Vietnam. Brolin plays Det. Trupo, a crooked NYPD cop who piggybacks on the Lucas investigation conducted by Det. Ritchie Roberts (Crowe).

Steve Zaillian wrote the original screenplay and was recently rehired by U to rewrite the script, which was at one point rewritten by Terry George.

Brolin just wrapped Dimension Films’ “Grind House,” written and directed by Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez. He also just finished the Coen brothers’ “No Country for Old Men” for Paramount Vantage.

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