Exclusive Clip: Reese Witherspoon Takes on West Memphis Three in 'Devils Knot'
By David Weiner
Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth take on the high-profile case of The West Memphis Three in the gripping new film Devil's Knot, based on the true story that shocked the nation, and we have an exclusive clip from the film. Watch and share...
Known as the West Memphis Three, unwitting teens Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jesse Misskelley Jr. were convicted – widely believed to be wrongly so -- of the gruesome 1993 murders of three eight-year-old boys and accused of killing them as part of a Satanic ritual.
The story was detailed in the trio of acclaimed Paradise Lost documentaries by filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky and later by Peter Jackson's West of Memphis, and celebrities including Johnny Depp, Eddie Vedder, Hnery Rollins and Natalie Maines championed their cause and campaigned to free them from behind bars.
The West Memphis three were ultimately imprisoned for close to two decades before being released in 2011; although they would ultimately not admit guilt, they were not found to be wrongfully convicted and have yet to be fully exonerated.
Also starring Amy Ryan, Mireille Enos, Stephen Moyer, Alessandro Nivola and Dane DeHaan, Devil's Knot was directed by Atom Egoyan and will be in theatres and on iTunes and VOD May 9.