Indie pic based on West Memphis three tome
Amy Ryan (“Gone Baby Gone”) and Dane DeHaan (“Chronicle”) are in early talks to join the cast of Atom Egoyan’s “Devil’s Knot,” an indie pic about the West Memphis Three based on journalist Mara Leveritt’s bestselling book of the same name.
Both deals are in the early stages, as DeHaan is getting married this summer and his shooting dates still have to be finalized, as do Ryan’s.
Worldview Entertainment is financing and producing the pic, which will be produced by Elizabeth Fowler, Clark Peterson, Richard Saperstein and Worldview’s Christopher Woodrow, as well as Paul Harris Boardman, who co-wrote the script with Scott Derrickson. Worldview’s Molly Conners, Sarah Johnson Redlich, Maria Cestone and Hoyt David Morgan will exec produce alongside Derrickson and actual defendants Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr.
CAA is repping North American rights and shooting starts June 25 in Georgia.
“Devil’s Knot” follows private detective Ron Lax (Colin Firth), who took on the West Memphis Three case pro bono. He found DNA evidence linking Terry Hobbs (Alessandro Nivola), the stepfather of one of the three murdered boys, to material that was used to bind one of the young victims. That evidence helped convince a judge to release Misskelley Jr., Baldwin and Damien Echols last year after the trio submitted an Alford Plea, which allowed them to plead guilty in exchange for release from prison for time served.
Ryan is in talks to play Lax’s soon-to-be ex-wife, while DeHaan will play a teen who had some history with the three murdered boys.
In addition to Firth and Nivola, pic also stars Reese Witherspoon, Mireille Enos, Alessandro Nivola, Collette Wolfe and Kris Polaha, while Kristopher Higgins will play Misskelley Jr.
Ryan, who recently starred in “Win Win” and just wrapped “The Tomb” with Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, will soon be seen alongside Guy Pearce in the next film from “Like Crazy” helmer Drake Doremus. She’s repped by the Gersh Agency.
DeHaan starred in 20th Century Fox’s sleeper hit “Chronicle” and will next be seen in a pair of gritty crime dramas — John Hillcoat’s Cannes entry “Lawless” and Derek Cianfrance’s “The Place Beyond the Pines.” He’s repped by CAA and the Schiff Co.