‘The Black Dahlia:' Inside Hollywood's Most Infamous Murder Mystery
August 18, 2006

It's the true crime tale that rocked Hollywood and the nation more than 50 years ago, and "Extra's" got your first sneak peek.

The much anticipated thriller boasts an all-star cast including Josh Hartnett, Scarlet Johannson and Oscar-winner Hilary Swank.

And the soon-to-to classic is directed by famed suspense master Brian DePalma.

"Black Dahlia" retells the sensational and still-unsolved 1947 murder of aspiring actress Elizabeth Short. The movie is based on the real-life events scribed by author James Ellroy, who also wrote "LA Confidential."

Josh Hartnett and Aaron Eckhardt play a pair of detectives investigating the baffling case.

"Hartnett is the outsider who comes into the lives of more volatile people circling the murder," Ellroy explained.

Among those circling the crime are Hilary and Josh's real-life love, Scarlett, who told "Extra" all three become romantically involved on screen.

"You got Josh, you got Aaron, Hilary, you got the four of us," she explained. "We're just a big old triangle of love."

And Hilary told us she relished her very different retro role.

"It's fun to mix it up. It's fun to challenge yourself in a lot of different roles and types of movies," Swank admitted.

Movie audiences will get to revisit this notorious crime mystery when "The Black Dahlia" hits the big screen Sept. 15.


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