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West Memphis Three drama ‘Devil’s Knot’ Stars Reese Witherspoon
West Memphis Three drama ‘Devil’s Knot’ Stars Reese Witherspoon

Devil’s Knot, is a soon to be released movie about the West Memphis Three, will arrive in U.S. theaters and on VOD on May 9. Starring Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth, the movie recounts the tragic true story of three missing boys in the religious community of Memphis, Ark., and the frenzied rush to justice that condemned three teenagers to prison for a horrific crime.

In the movie, Reese plays the mother of one of the victims, but her anguish gives way to doubts as community fears and hysteria gain momentum leading up to the trial. Colin Firth plays Ron Lax, the private investigator who becomes suspicious of the community’s rush to judgment and pokes holes in the evidence used to convict the teenagers.

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Witherspoon and Alessandro Nivola play Pam and Terry Hobbs, whose 8-year-old son is abducted and murdered.

Heavily pregnant with her third child Tennessee at the time of filming the highly emotional movie, Reese is seen in the trailer wearing an array of billowing and bump concealing ensembles.

Naturally putting on several pounds during her pregnancy, the weight gain helped the actress portray what was meant to be a frumpy version of Hobbs.

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James Hamrick (The Newsroom) plays Damien Echols, whose troublemaker background and antagonistic behavior during the trial landed him behind bars with a death sentence.

The Devil’s Knot – - based on the book of the same title – follows the real life story of three boys found guilty of a triple murder famously known as the Memphis Three.

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