The notorious 1993 West Memphis murders of three young boys believed to be committed by three teenagers and the trial that followed has been the subject of documentaries such as the Paradise Lost trilogy and most recently, West Memphis Three. The subject is being dramatized in Devil’s Knot from Oscar-nominated director Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter and Chloe).The first trailer and poster have arrived for the film, which stars Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth. Check them out below.
Director Atom Egoyan adapts journalist Mara Leveritt‘s non-fiction book to the screen in this docudrama centered on the investigation into the notorious West Memphis Three case (previously the subject of filmmaker Joe Berlinger‘s Paradise Lost documentaries). Centered on the investigation conducted by private detective Ron Lax (Colin Firth), The Devil’s Knot details the discovery of crucial DNA evidence that helped to win back the freedom of Arkansas teens Damien Echols, James Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley Jr., who were accused of ritualistically murdering three young boys in 1993. Alessandro Nivola, Dane DeHaan, Stephen Moyer, Bruce Greenwood, Amy Ryan, Kevin Durand, and Mireille Enos co-star.
Devil’s Knot premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. It still doesn’t have an official release date but it’s safe to assume that this will be in theatres in early 2014.