Reese Witherspoon Ties the 'Devil's Knot'

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Reese Witherspoon and director Atom Egoyan are teaming up to tell the story of the West Memphis Three.

Egoyan, the director of "Chloe" and "Where the Truth Lies," was announced as the director of "Devil's Knot," the film about the West Memphis Three, shortly after the murder defendants were found not guilty on Aug. 19. Now, "Devil's Knot" has claimed Witherspoon as its first cast member, according to Deadline.

"Devil's Knot" chronicles the 1993 murders of three children in West Memphis, AK, with the three teenagers who were convicted of the crime coming to be called the West Memphis Three. The teens were incarcerated in 1994 and accused of being devil worshipers until they were found not guilty and released this past summer.

Reese Witherspoon will be playing Pam Hobbs, the mother of one of the murder victims who initially believes the trio murdered her son but is eventually persuaded that the three suspects are innocent.

The script, originally written by the "Exorcism of Emily Rose" team of Scott Derrickson and Paul Harris Boardman, is based on investigative reporter Mara Leveritt's 2003 book, "Devil's Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three." Egoyan is currently working with Boardman on rewriting the screenplay.

Reese Witherspoon recently wrapped "Mud," director Jeff Nichols' follow-up to his acclaimed "Take Shelter," and is in pre-production on the romantic fantasy, "Wish List." She'll next be seen opposite Tom Hardy and Chris Pine in "This Means War," opening Feb. 17, 2012.

"Devil's Knot" commences with production in the summer.