The case of the West Memphis Three, three teens convicted of brutally murdering three young boys in Arkansas, became a cause célèbre, the subject of multiple documentaries that swayed public opinion and helped lead to their release – if not complete vindication – in 2011.
At the Toronto Film Festival, director Atom Egoyan unveiled his movie about the tragic events, which began in 1993. In Devil’s Knot, Reese Witherspoon plays the mother of one of the victims and Colin Firth plays an investigator who can’t help but suspect that the town’s paranoia fueled a rush to judgment that landed three innocent kids in jail.
The movie, which also stars Mireille Enos, Dane DeHaan, Stephen Moyer, Amy Ryan, Bruce Greenwood, and Alessandro Nivola, doesn’t yet have a release date. Click below for the film’s first trailer.