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The Devil’s Knot Begins Principal Photography

Atom Egoyan’s The Devil’s Knot has announced that the project has begun its principal photography in Atlanta, Georgia.

The film, which stars Academy Award winners Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon, is a biopic based on the 2002 bestselling book entitled, “Devil’s Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three” written by investigative journalist Mara Leveritt.

The Devil’s Knot film adaptation will tell the story of the murders of three young children that sparked a controversial trial of three teenagers accused of killing the kids as part of a satanic ritual. The accused killers, Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, were believed to have been arrested as a result of “Satanic panic” rather than actual evidence, according the author’s assertion.

The tale of the killers, known to the world as The West Memphis Three overtook headlines for months leading up to and after their arrest. Since then, they have periodically appeared in the news with new evidence. The trial recently made headlines when the defendants were released in Aug. 2011 after 18 years in prison, due to new evidence uncovered by the defense.

Aside from Firth and Witherspoon, the cast includes Alessandro Nivola (Coco Before Chanel, Junebug), Stephen Moyer (True Blood), Amy Ryan (Win Win, Gone Baby Gone), Matt Letscher (Scandal), Michael Gladis (Mad Men), Rex Linn (Appaloosa), Mireille Enos (The Killing, Gangster Squad), Dane DeHaan (Lawless Chronicle) and Bruce Greenwood (The Place Beyond the Pines, Star Trek).

True Blood Star Stephen Moyer Joins Devil’s Knot

Stephen Moyer, most known for his role on HBO’s “True Blood” and being married to the adorable Anna Panquin, has announced that he has joined the cast of upcoming film Devil’s Knot. 

Devil’s Knot comes from director Atom Egoyan and already has an all star cast including Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth. Other cast members include Alessandro Nivola, Kris Polaha, Collette Wolfe, Justin Castor and Kevin Durand.

The film will appear as a narrative take on the highly controversial and well known case of the West Memphis Three.

The famous case surrounded Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley, Jr. and Jason Baldwin. The three were believed to be those responsible for the murder of three eight-year-old boys in 1993. All three were recently released from prison this year after spending two decades behind bars. The upcoming film will show the trial and conviction.

The film is based on the book, “Devil’s Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three” by Mara Leveritt.

Witherspoon is set to play Pam Hobbs, the mother of one of the original victims, Firth will play as Ron Lax, a private investigator on the case. Moyer will be portraying prosecutor John Fogelman.

There is no word on when the film is set to be released.

Colin Firth Tied to The Devil’s Knot

 

Colin Firth has joined the cast of the theatrical adaptation of The Devil’s Knot, Deadline reports. Firth will star opposite to Reese Witherspoon in this narrative take on the West Memphis Three; A real life crime story about the savage murders of three eight year old children in 1993, the investigation that proceeded it and the subsequent trials. Continue reading