EW have revealed these two new images from Atom Egoyan’s ‘Devil’s Knot,’ which stars Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon. The West Memphis Three biopic is based on the 2002 bestselling book by investigative journalist Mara Leveritt about the savage 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 trial made headlines again recently when the defendants were released in August of 2011, due to new evidence uncovered by the defense, after 18 years in prison. In addition to Academy Award winners Firth and Witherspoon, the cast also includes Alessandro Nivola, Stephen Moyer, Amy Ryan, Matt Letscher, Michael Gladis, Rex Linn, Mireille Enos, Dane DeHaan and Bruce Greenwood. ’Devil’s Knot’ is expected for a late 2013 release.
The so-called West Memphis Three became the subject of ‘Paradise Lost,’ a series of three award-winning documentaries by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, as well as a Peter Jackson-produced doc called ‘West of Memphis’ that won them the attention of a host of celebrity and criminal-justice advocates. In 2011, the trio was freed from prison under an Alford plea that allowed them to proclaim their innocence while technically upholding their murder convictions (and exempting the state from civil penalties).