Here's our first look at Colin Firth in the film Devil's Knot, which is based on the true story of the West Memphis 3.
Here's a little background information on the story for those of you not familiar. Back in 1993, Damien Echols, 36, Jason Baldwin, 34, and Jessie Misskelley, 36 were wrongly convicted for the May 1993 killings of three 8-year-old boys from West Memphis, Ark. After 18 years they were finally released from prison.
Firth will play Ron Lax, "a private investigator who was the first pro bono supporter of the defendents as they headed to trial in 1993. Lax built one of the most prominent private investigative firms in the Southeast, and offered his services for free to the defendants, who at the time were reviled because of the heinous nature of the crime and the sensationalized reports about devil worship and ritualistic sacrifice. All of that was later proven to be unfounded, after Echols, Baldwin and Misskelley were convicted despite not a shred of physical evidence. Lax was an unsung hero and helped find the DNA in the knots that bound one of the victims, that cast suspicion on Terry Hobbs, the stepfather of Steven Branch, one of the 8-year old murdered boys."
The movie is being directed by Atom Egoyan from a screenplay by Scott Derrickson and Paul Boardman (The Exorcism of Emily Rose). The script is based on investigative reporter Mara Leveritt's 2003 book Devil's Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three.