True Blood's Stephen Moyer Joins West Memphis 3 Drama Devil's Knot
The casting announcements of Atom Egoyan's West Memphis 3 feature Devil's Knot have become as prolific as The Hunger Games. Every few days we get word on a new enticing actor joining the project that already boasts Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon.
First came The Killing's Mireille Enos, who'll play a witness and mother of an 8-year-old boy. Next, the mesmerizing Alessandro Nivola signed on to play Witherspoon's onscreen husband Terry Hobbs, a suspicious stepfather of one the missing boys. Amy Ryan and Chronicle's Dane DeHaan were in talks when newcomer James Hamrick was cast as West Memphis 3's Damien Echols. Then casting came in waves of threes, with Young Adult's Collette Wolfe, Ringer's Kris Polaha, and Justin Castor snagging roles days before Scandal's Matt Letscher and Mad Men's Michael Gladis signed on to play the West Memphis 3's defense team, while Bruce Greenwood committed to play the case's controversial judge, David Burnett.
Now Deadline has got word the producers have scored a scorching leading man to play prosecutor John Fogelman, securing True Blood's Stephen Moyer for the part, which is described as a lead role. Based on Mara Leveritt's investigative book, The Devil's Knot: The True Story of The West Memphis Three, Egoyan's film is said to focus on private investigator Ron Lax (Firth), who uncovered disturbing evidence about the case that directly affected the already splintering home life of mourning mother Pam Hobbs (Witherspoon). If Moyer's part is as big as is implied, it seems his prosecutor may be the villain in this piece, pushing back against Lax's findings.
Devil's Knot goes into production in July. Moyer will go straight from his shoot days on the film to work on season six of True Blood.
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