Reese Witherspoon to Star in West Memphis Three Movie, ‘Devil’s Knot’

Atom Egoyan has started casting for his movie about the West Memphis Three called “Devil’s Knot,” and he already has one big star attached to the film. Reese Witherspoon has just signed on to play Pam Hobbs, the mother of one of the three 8-year-old boys who were murdered in 1993.

Egoyan’s movie, “The Devil’s Knot,” is based on a book by journalist Mara Leveritt called “Devil’s Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three.”

The movie will tell the story of Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, who were arrested shortly after three boys were murdered in Arkansas. Echols, Baldwin, and Misskelley, who were referred to collectively as the West Memphis Three, were jailed for nearly two decades for the murder of three boys in Arkansas.

Numerous celebrities, including Johnny Depp, Eddie Vedder, and Peter Jackson, came out in support of the West Memphis Three as the evidence that landed them in jail was questionable.

Depp said:

“I firmly believe Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley are totally innocent. It was a need for swift justice to placate the community.”

The West Memphis Three were recently released from prison this August when their convictions were overturned.

Etoygan’s movie doesn’t have a release date yet but it’s expected to come out in 2012. Witherspoon is currently the only star attached to the movie.

Are you excited for “The Devil’s Knot?”