Atom Egoyan's film is based on the true story of the West Memphis Three murders.
Witherspoon plays Pamela Hobbs, one of the mothers of three 8-year-old boys murdered in the Arkansas town in 1993.
Three misfit teenagers were scapegoated for the killings on dubious evidence.
Firth plays a lawyer who takes on the unpopular case, slowly convincing Hobbs that someone closer to home may be the real murderer.
Amy Ryan, Mireille Enos, Stephen Moyer, Alessandro Nivola and Dane DeHaan also feature in the movie.
Devil's Knot will arrive in Us cinemas on May 9. A UK release date is yet to be announced.
“Devil’s Knot,” starring Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth, explores the legal trappings that led to the conviction and eventual release of “Satanic” teens Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jesse Misskelley Jr., while shedding some insight as to who might be responsible for one of the most notorious crimes in U.S. history.
Directed by Atom Egoyan and based on Mara Leveritt’s 2002 book “The Devil’s Knot: The True Story,” the drama proposes that one of four suspects, Chris Morgan, Terry Hobbs, John Mark Byers and an unidentified black male dubbed “Mr. Bojangles,” could have committed the murders.
While Morgan, Byers and “Mr. Bojangles” are at the center of
It goes without saying: Some dramatically potent stuff should arise from this onscreen presence, along with whatever Scott Derrickson and Paul Harris Boardman scripted. Durand is, in that case, a pretty good get, if I do say so myself. (And, having seen him in plenty over the years,
Unless you go to Wesleyan University or, at the very least, attend their shows, it’ no one you’ve ever heard of. ShowBlitz has learned that one of their drama students, James Hamrick, impressed Egoyan so much with an audition that he’s officially won the role over “dozens” of established young actors. With this, the film’s West Memphis 3 have been locked in; Kristopher Higgins will play Jessie Misskelley, and Justin Castor is set to appear as Jason Baldwin.
Ever since the first film,
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