'True Blood' Star Stephen Moyer is a Sketchy Lawyer in 'Devil's Knot'
Looks like Stephen Moyer is heading from one bayou to another, as the "True Blood" star transitions from the swamps of Louisiana to the equally miry courtroom of the case of the West Memphis Three. According to Deadline, Moyer will play prosecutor John Fogleman, a man many claim abused his powers to get a conviction of teens Jason Baldwin, Jessie Misskelley, and Damien Echols, who were wrongly accused of murder back in the 1990s and spent 18 years in prison. Moyer joins Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon, Amy Ryan, Dane DeHaan, and more in this horrifying true story from Chloe director Atom Egoyan. More below!
During the actual trial, the real Fogleman presented the jury with a knife that could not be forensically linked to the West Memphis 3 and proceeded to cut a grapefruit with it, intending on showing similarities between marks found on the bodies of the young boys and those the knife left on the fruit. Though the tactic worked on the jury, it was factually inaccurate since the marks found on the victims were actually teeth marks from animals. Should be an interesting scene played out in Devil's Knot, but like the rest of the film, it will likely be fairly disturbing to see how easily people fall prey to the powers of persuasion even when other people's lives depend on their decision. For the most complete look at the West Memphis 3, check out the Paradise Lost documentary trilogy, and Amy Berg's doc West of Memphis when that hits theaters.