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The Devil's Knot wraps up Kristopher Higgins to play Jessie Misskelly

06.08.2012by: Jake Dee

If you've been following closely, you already know how important we deem Atom Egoyan's West Memphis 3 movie THE DEVIL'S KNOT, so this here brief shouldn't be all too surprising...

Deadline has it that youngster Kristopher Higgins (above) is in talks to join the film, in which he'd portray the vital role of defendant Jessie Misskelly. Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon and Mireille Enos (below) are also part of the cast.

Firth will play Ron Lax, a private investigator who was the first pro bono supporter of the defendants 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.

Enos will play Vicki Hutcheson, the mother of an 8-year-old boy who lives in a run-down house in West Memphis. She becomes an important witness in the murder trial of Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley for the killing of three 8-year-old boys found hog-tied in a drainage ditch. Hutcheson, it becomes apparent to investigators, could be the only link between Echols and Misskelley.

The flick, based on the 2003 Mara Leveritt book "Devil’s Knot: The True Story Of The West Memphis", will begin shooting shortly in Georgia.

Extra Tidbit: Higgins is best known for his role in The Secret Life Of The American Teenager.
Source: Deadline

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