Amy Ryan & Dane DeHaan to Join West Memphis 3 Film 'Devil's Knot'

June 13, 2012
Source: Variety

Amy Ryan

With names like Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon already attached, and the subject matter surrounding a zeitgeist-y topic like The West Memphis Three, Chloe director Atom Egoyan's Devil's Knot isn't hurting for attention. But it just got some more from us, as Variety reports Academy Award nominee Amy Ryan and Chronicle star Dane DeHaan have joined the cast, provided they can work out some scheduling arrangements. Ryan would play Firth's estranged wife, while DeHaan would be a teenager who shares some kind of history with the three young murder victims at the center of this ultimately tragic misstep in justice.

Hopefully, bringing on such a high profile cast to this project will encourage more people to seek out the amazing and frustrating story of the West Memphis Three, three teenagers who were convicted of murder back in the 90's despite a complete lack of physical evidence. The story made national headlines and took place at the height of a Satanic scare that was going through American society at the time, putting the WM3 essentially at the center of a media witch hunt. The story is expertly and exhaustively told in Amy Berg's documentary West of Memphis, which we saw at Sundance earlier this year and liked quite a bit (as much as anyone can "like" an infuriating real-life story like this).

Firth plays a lawyer who takes on the case pro bono, while Witherspoon will play Pam Hobbs, the mother of one of the murder victims. Alessandro Nivola just signed on as Terry Hobbs, the man whom new evidence pegs as the true murderer, while Mireille Enos, Collette Wolfe, Kris Polaha, and Kristopher Higgins round out the cast so far. The pivotal role of Damien Echols has yet to be cast, but we'll keep you posted when that spot gets filled. Filming for Devil's Knot begins on June 25th, and a 2013 release is expected.

Find more posts: Casting, Movie News

Discover more around the web:

Reader Feedback - 2 Comments


Seems very promising, been studying this case for a while now....

CGarnsay on Jun 13, 2012


Can we count on an Eddie Vedder or Pearl Jam contribution to the soundtrack`?

ryderup on Jun 13, 2012

Sorry, new comments are no longer allowed.




Alex's Top 10 - 2020
1. Nine Days
2. Berlin Alexanderplatz
3. Pixar's Soul
4. Pieces of a Woman
5. Feels Good Man
6. Another Round
7. The Truffle Hunters
8. Sound of Metal
9. Lovers Rock
10. Nomadland
Click Here for Thoughts

Adam's Top 10 - 2020
1. Spontaneous
2. Promising Y. Woman
3. Nomadland
4. The Vast of Night
5. Blow the Man Down
6. The Invisible Man
7. Minari
8. Possessor
9. Feels Good Man
10. Color Out of Space
Click Here for Thoughts


Subscribe to our feed or daily newsletter:
Follow Alex's main profile on twitter:
For the latest posts only, follow this acct:

Add to your Feedly list: click here