Nick Nolte has signed up to join Sean Penn for director Ruben Fleischer's period crime drama Gangster Squad.

According to Deadline, along with Penn, the actor will also star alongside Emma Stone, Giovanni Ribisi, Josh Brolin, Michael Peña and Ryan Gosling in the movie.

Set in the 1940s, Gangster Squad tells the story of the Los Angeles police department's pursuit of notorious gangster Mickey Cohen, to be played by Penn.

70-year-old Nolte is set to play Bill Parker, the police chief who is ordered to sort out the corrupt police department.

Fleischer is directing from Will Beall's adaptation of Paul Liebermann's series of news articles for the Los Angeles Times on crime during the time period.