Following its world premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, Image Entertainment acquired distribution rights for the crime thriller “Devil’s Knot,” according to an Oct. 7 press release email.
“Devil’s Knot” stars Oscar winners Reese Witherspoon (“Walk the Line”) and Colin Firth (“The King’s Speech”), as well as Oscar nominee Amy Ryan (“Gone Baby Gone”), Golden Globe nominee Mireille Enos (AMC’s “The Killing”), and Stephen Moyer (HBO’s “True Blood”). The film was directed by Oscar nominee Atom Egoyan (“The Sweet Hereafter”).
Image Entertainment’s Chief Acquisition Officer Bill Bromiley made the announcement and praised Witherspoon for her performance.
“Reese Witherspoon delivers a stellar, emotional performance, displaying her versatility by transforming herself as a vulnerable mother trying to make sense of her son’s death,” Bromiley said. “Her commitment to the role was exceptional, proving once again why she is one of Hollywood’s best leading actors.”
Below is the synopsis of “Devil’s Knot,” courtesy of Image Entertainment:
“Based on the true crime book, “Devil’s Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three” by Mara Leveritt, “Devil’s Knot” tells the compelling story of three teenagers accused of the brutal 1993 murder of three 8-year old boys in Memphis, Ark. - two of them sentenced to life imprisonment and one to death. The film explores the lives of deeply misunderstood outsiders, their families and communities, and their darkest fantasies. The conviction of the West Memphis Three - Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley Jr., and Jason Baldwin - riled the American justice system, shocked a tightly knit religious town and outraged the nation.”
The film is scheduled for a release in the second quarter of 2014, which means sometime between April and June.