Egoyan has chosen a drama student from Wesleyan University, James Hamrick, to play Echols. Shooting starts later this month in Georgia, where Hamrick flew after submitting an audition tape.
Paul Harris Boardman and Scott Derrickson adapted journalist Mara Leveritt's book, "Devil's Knot." Produced by Worldview Entertainment, the film will also star Colin Firth as private detective Ron Lax, who helped the trio, and Alessandro Nivola as Terry Hobbs, the stepfather of one of the boys who the Memphis Three were falsely convicted of killing. Lax uncovered evidence that linked Hobbs to the murders and led to the three's release. Rounding out the already impressive line-up are Reese Witherspoon and Mireille Enos ("The Killing") as well as Kristopher Higgins as Misskelley Jr.
Expect 2013 Oscar talk.