Atom Egoyan’s Devil’s Knot, based on the events surrounding the recently freed West Memphis Three, has scored an actor to play one of the key players in this truly tragic and horrifying story. Read on for the latest!
Seventeen-year-old newcomer Seth Meriwether has been tapped to play West Memphis Three defendant Jason Baldwin in Egoyan’s true crime flick. He joins Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth in the project that will be produced and financed by Worldview Entertainment. As Variety first reported last week, college drama student James Hamrick will make his feature debut playing key defendant Damien Echols. Also starring are Mireille Enos, Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon, Collette Wolfe, Alessandro Nivola and Kris Polaha, while Amy Ryan and Dane DeHaan remain in talks to join the ensemble. Kristopher Higgins will join Meriwether and Hamrick as fellow West Memphis Three member Misskelley Jr.
Based on journalist Mara Leveritt’s bestselling book of the same name, Devil’s Knot follows private detective Ron Lax (Firth), who took on the West Memphis Three case pro bono. He found DNA evidence linking Terry Hobbs (Alessandro Nivola), the stepfather of one of the three murdered boys, to material that was used to bind one of the victims — evidence that helped convince a judge to release Baldwin, Misskelley Jr. and Echols last year.
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