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Reese Witherspoon has landed a serious role in a crime drama based on the West Memphis Three case named as ‘Devil’s Knot’. However, the Oscar-winning actress has been linked to the true-story movie that is an adaptation of Mara Leveritt’s investigative book ‘Devil’s Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three’.

The ‘Devil’s Knot’ is the story that follows the prolonged murder trial of defendants Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr. The three, known as the West Memphis Three, were accused of killing three 8-year-old boys in a wooded area known as Robin Hood Hills in Arkansas in 1994. Later, after spending 18 years in prison, West Memphis Three will be finally released in August this year.

Reese Witherspoon has been tapped to play Pam Hobbs, who is the mother of one of the victims. Earlier, Hobbs was convinced that Echols, Baldwin and Misskelley killed her son as the case dragged on. However, she began to believe that the trio had never murder her son. In November 2007, Hobbs has claimed that new evidence had eventually changed her mind.

The production of the movie, ‘Devil’s Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three’ is under-$20 million and is expected to begin in the summer of 2012. The director Atom Egoyan is set to tackle the helming duty where as the screenwriters are Scott Derrickson and Paul Boardman.

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