Scarlett Johansson has signed on to star in “The Black Dahlia,” opposite Josh Hartnett and Mark Wahlberg for director Brian De Palma.
In the fictional account of the notorious 1947 murder, Johansson plays Kay, a doppelganger for the title character, and the object of affection for two police officers (Hartnett and Wahlberg) investigating the brutal murder of Hollywood starlet Elizabeth Short.
Pic marks a reteam between helmer De Palma and producer Art Linson after “The Untouchables.”
The film, to be produced by Linson with Rudy Cohen and Moshe Diamant, was financed through a combination of foreign sales by Signature Pictures and an investment from the German film fund Apollo Media.
“Dahlia” is in process of securing a domestic distribution deal.
Adapted for the screen by Josh Friedman from James Ellroy’s bestselling novel, pic will start shooting May 24 in L.A.
Johansson will star in “Dahlia” after she finishes work on the Weitz brothers’ film “Synergy,” which she starts shooting in March.
Johansson, repped by WMA and manager Melanie Johansson, will next be seen in Paramount’s “The Perfect Score” and has also completed production on “A Love Song for Bobby Long.”