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Reese joins 'Devils Knot'

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Fresh off starring in Jeff Nichols' Arkansas-set film "Mud," Reese Witherspoon is tied to another Arkansas-connected role. According to Variety, the actress will star in the film version of Mara Leveritt's "Devil's Knot" about the West Memphis Three case. She'll play Pam Hobbs, mother of one of the three children slain in West Memphis in 1992.

In other WM3 news, The Nashville Scene reports that "West of Memphis," the new documentary feature about the West Memphis Three case, will play at Nashville's Belcourt Theater on Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. The showing is part of the Sundance Film Festival's "Sundance USA" series, which will preview selections from this year's Sundance Festival at nine theaters across the U.S. Tickets for the Belcourt show are on sale now.

"West of Memphis" is being produced by Damien Echols and Lorri Davis, with help from Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, the brains behind the "Lord of the Rings" films. Oscar-nominated filmmaker Amy Berg is in the director chair. Jackson and Walsh quietly bankrolled the effort to free the West Memphis Three for years, with Echols traveling to New Zealand for a visit soon after his release.

While "West of Memphis" hasn't reached theaters, it's already the source of controversy, with a public and messy dispute between Berg and "Paradise Lost" directors Bruce Sinofsky and Joe Berlinger over access to key figures in the case.

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