With all the high profile names joining the ever-growing cast of West Memphis Three dramatization “The Devil’s Knot” – Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon, “The Killing” star Mireille Enos and most recently Alessandro Nivola – the trio of accused teenagers at the center of the high profile court case remained uncast. That has now changed as Deadline reports Justin Castor has been chosen to play James Baldwin in the film, while Kristopher Higgins will play Jessie Misskelley. Casting for the role of Damien Echolls, painted as the leader of the trio, has yet to be announced.
Colette Wolfe and Kristoffer Polaha have also joined the cast of the Atom Egoyan directed film. Baldwin, Misskelley and Echolls were accused and convicted of killing three young boys in 1994, and the case immediately drew high profile media attention as far-reaching as Hollywood since there was no physical evidence implicating the teens. They were finally released from prison in 2011 and several documentaries have already been made about their case, including the critically acclaimed “Paradise Lost” trilogy and Peter Jackson’s upcoming “West of Memphis.” Egoyan’s film will be the first dramatization of events featuring actors.
Castor has made guest appearances on “Glee” and “CSI: NY” and will make his feature film debut on “Devil’s Knot.” Higgins recently recurred as Peter on ABC Family series “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” starring Shailene Woodley, and also had roles in teen-friendly fare including Disney’s “Prom” and Andrew Niccol’s sci-fi actioner “In Time” opposite Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried.