Oh, I guess Devil’s Knot isn’t slowing down. The recent slate of minor casting had — due in part to plain old experience and, in some ways, the project’s apparent schedule — made yours truly think the film had ceased finding the big names — but I never really know what I’m talking about, either. Now, Variety reports that Amy Ryan and Dane DeHaan (Chronicle, The Place Beyond the Pines) are both up to take a role in Atom Egoyan‘s film, though schedules and such need to be worked out before either can officially board.
A secure deal would see Ryan playing the “soon-to-be ex-wife” of Colin Firth‘s character, Ron Lax, whose real-life investigations into and public support of the West Memphis 3 act as Knot‘s center. DeHaan‘s role is a bit more enigmatic and open to possibility, being “a teen who had some history with the three murdered boys” — though high character probably didn’t commit the murders in question. (That accusation is likely to go on the shoulders of Terry Hobbs, played here by Alessandro Nivola.)
While it’s possible one or the other won’t join on account of scheduling, Devil’s Knot is still mighty strong when it comes to the onscreen talent. Joining Firth, as of now, will be Reese Witherspoon, Mireille Enos, Kristopher Higgins, Kristoffer Polaha, Collette Wolfe, and Justin Castor. The film’s expected to begin shooting this fall.
How would your perception of Devil’s Knot change with these two additions?
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