Director Brian De Palma
returns to the helm for the first time since 2002's Femme Fatale
with this stylish screen adaptation of James Ellroy
's novel detailing one of the most notorious unsolved murders in Hollywood history. Elizabeth Short (Mia Kirshner
) was a struggling actress looking to make a name for herself in 1940s-era Tinseltown. Unfortunately for Elizabeth, it was her grim fate that would ultimately overshadow anything she would accomplish during her short and tragic career. When police discover Elizabeth's body cut clean in half and with all of her organs missing, ex-pugilist detectives Lee Blanchard (Aaron Eckhart) and Bucky Bleichert (Josh Hartnett
) are the men charged with cracking the case and apprehending the killer. This isn't your average murder case, however, and as Blanchard's marriage to Kay (Scarlett Johansson
) begins to suffer due to his obsession with the sensational crime, his partner Bleichert discovers a troubling link between the victim and the mysterious Madeleine Linscott (Hilary Swank
), a prominent socialite and the daughter of one of the town's most connected key players.