‘The Killing’ star Mireille Enos joins Egoyan’s West Memphis Three film

Will Perkins
Wide Screen
June 7, 2012

The pieces are steadily falling into place for Canadian director Atom Egoyan's crime drama "Devil's Knot," a film centred on the infamous child murders of the West Memphis Three case.

Deadline reports that Mireille Enos, star of the AMC series "The Killing," has just signed on to play Vicki Hutcheson in the movie, a Tennessee mother who becomes a witness in the gruesome case. Enos joins an already solid line-up that includes Colin Firth ("The King's Speech") and Reese Witherspoon ("Walk the Line"). The Texas-born actress is no stranger to true crime style drama, having played homicide detective Sarah Linden for two seasons on "The Killing." Her work on the television series has led her to high-profile roles in the upcoming "Gangster Squad" opposite Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling, the zombie epic "World War Z" opposite Brad Pitt, and now "Devil's Knot."

Adapted from Mara Leveritt's book "Devil's Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three," the film will follow private investigator Ron Lax (Firth) whose pro bono work on behalf of the three accused murderers -- Jason Baldwin, Damien Echols, and Jessie Misskelley -- highlighted the many problems with the police investigation and subsequent trials.

Despite a botched investigation that included no physical evidence to tie the three to the murders, allegations of Satanic worship and a community looking for justice led to the railroad convictions of the three. Lax's work combined with the "Paradise Lost" documentaries of filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky brought the world's attention to the case, garnering support for the convicted men and leading to their eventual release. Witherspoon will play Pam Hobbs, the mother of one of the victims who eventually comes to believe that the West Memphis Three were wrongly convicted.

It's a compelling story, and one that will likely lend itself to the screen quite well. Egoyan is assembling a knockout cast for the project, too, but that doesn't mean much -- the Toronto director's last two films, "Adoration" and "Chloe," also featured wonderful casts, but both movies were less-than-impressive affairs. Here's hoping that "Devil's Knot" will represent a return to form for the recently hit-or-miss director.

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