Silent Star: Scarlett Johansson is set to star in Silent Star, with Kimberlu Peirce directing. Larry Gross' script about the life of William Desmound Taylor, the Hollywood silent film director whose 1922 murder remains an unsolved mystery.
A former actor, Taylor became a director at Paramount, helming Mary Pickford in Johanna Enlists and the teenage beauty Mary Miles Minter in Jenny Be Good.
On the night of February 2nd, 1922, Taylor was found dead in his mansion. rumors flew about the killer's identity and motive -- most of the rumors centered on Taylor's lovers, including Minter and Mabel Normand. Neither were formal suspects but both allegedly saw taylor shortly before his death.