‘Gangster Squad’ Adds Michael Peña, ‘Zombieland 2′ Could Shoot Next

Michael Peña, welcome to the “Gangster Squad.”

Director Ruben Fleischer, who’s stepping behind the camera for his most dramatic picture to date in “Gangster Squad,” revealed that Peña has joined the cast of the cops-and-gangsters period piece during the MTV Sneak Peek Week premiere of “30 Minutes or Less.”

Peña, who also stars in “30 Minutes,” is climbing aboard in an unspecified role alongside the previously cast Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin and Sean Penn. Anthony Mackie is also supposedly up for a part, though he recently told us that his involvement is just a rumor right now. Shooting kicks off in September.

We’re more than a little bit excited to see what Fleischer does with “Gangster,” but we’re just as thrilled by the possibility of a sequel to “Zombieland,” the director’s hilarious big-screen debut. Talk of “Zombieland 2” dates back to the first film’s surprisingly successful box office launch, and while development isn’t quite in high gear just yet, Fleischer says the horror comedy could be next on his list after “Gangster Squad.”

“I hope so,” Fleischer told us when we asked him if he still thinks the “Zombieland” sequel will come to life. “I know that [original stars Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson and Abigail Breslin] and I all really want to do it so hopefully we’ll be able to do it, maybe after ’Gangster.'”

What do you think of Peña’s casting in “Gangster Squad”? Do you want to see another “Zombieland”? Let us know in the comments section and on Twitter!