The Devil’s Knot is due to premier soon at TIFF, and ahead of that EW has debuted the first images from the movie, featuring Colin Firth looking very lawyerly in Atom Egoyan’s film.
The film is about the West Memphis 3, who were convicted of the murder of three young boys in Arkansas in the mid 90s. Even before they were convicted there were accusations of the investigation being bungled and the men being railroaded.
The youths were accused of murdering the boys in a Satanic ritual, with many suspecting they had just been caught up in a panic over Satanism that was sweeping the US (and other parts of the world) at the time, with the evidence made to fit what the prosecutors wanted it to, rather than what it did.
After years of campaigning, high-profile documentaries (particularly Paradise Lost and its sequel, which had a huge impact on the case), the three men were finally released – although it should be noted that it was part of a plea deal and they weren’t exonerated.
Along with Firth, the likes of Reese Witherspoon, Stephen Moyer, Dane DeHaan, Elia Kotease, Amy Ryan and Mireille Enos also star.