Reese Witherspoon to star in the West Memphis Three drama, The Devil's Knot for director Atom Egoyan

Posted by: Brad Sturdivant

Perhaps looking to get an early start on atoning for the film THIS MEANS WAR, Reese Witherspoon is the first actress to sign on for Atom Egoyan’s drama THE DEVIL’S KNOT, based on the the now famous story of The West Memphis Three.  If you’re not aware of the case of The West Memphis Three, then a quick summary is that it centers on three teenagers that were wrongfully accused of killing eight boys and then wrongfully convicted.  Basically, it’s as horrible and depressing as you think and if done right, the film could be very powerful.  Likewise, if the film is done wrong, it could come off preachy and anti-climatic.

If you’re interested in the story, then you should pick up the Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky documentary, PARADISE LOST, and their sequels PARADISE LOST 2: REVELATIONS and PARADISE LOST 3: PURGATORY.  Their films started Hollywood’s current fascination with the saga and Peter Jackson is making his own documentary about the boys, called WEST OF MEMPHIS.  So regardless of how you feel about the story, you’ll be hearing a lot about it over the next few years.

Reese Witherspoon

Source: Deadline

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