Colin Firth has joined Reese Witherspoon in Devil’s Knot, the Atom Egoyan-directed drama about the West Memphis 3. As Deadline revealed just after the West Memphis 3 murder defendants were released from prison August 19, The Sweet Hereafter and Chloe director Egoyan came aboard to direct a script that was originally written by Scott Derrickson and Paul Boardman, the team behind The Exorcism Of Emily Rose.
Firth will play Ron Lax, a private investigator who was the first pro bono supporter of the defendents as they headed to trial in 1993. Lax built one of the most prominent private investigative firms in the Southeast, and offered his services for free to the defendants, who at the time were reviled because of the heinous nature of the crime and the sensationalized reports about devil worship and ritualistic sacrifice. All of that was later proven to be unfounded, after Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley were convicted despite not a shred of physical evidence. Lax was an unsung hero and helped find the DNA in the knots that bound one of the victims, that cast suspicion on Terry Hobbs, the stepfather of Steven Branch, one of the 8-year old murdered boys. Witherspoon will play Pam Hobbs, the mother of Branch. She initially believed the trio murdered her son, is eventually persuaded that the three suspects are innocent and wrongly accused. Filming begins next summer in Louisiana, and other big names are expected to join the cast in smaller roles.
McG believes the most crucial part of directing a movie is getting the casting right.
The filmmaker is currently promoting his new movie This Means War, which stars Reese Witherspoon, Tom Hardy and Chris Pine.
The director explained why the romantic action movie needed a cast of strong actors to make it work.
This Means War tells the story of two best friends, who happen to be top secret agents. When they find out that they are in love with the same woman, they battle each other with high-tech surveillance and advanced tactics to win her affections.
“I believe that 90 percent of directing is casting, so I wanted to get together a group of talented people and you’ve got Chris and you’ve got Tom and you’ve got Reese,” McG told Cover Media at the London premiere of the film. “The film mixes a lot of tone – it’s an action picture and there’s a lot of comedy and there’s a lot of romance – and it’s all over the place and to make that satisfying in the end it required the deft touch of the three actors. And dare I say a fourth actor, Chelsea Handler, who is out of her mind.”
As part of her US promotional tour for This Means War, Reese will be appearing on Live With Kelly on Monday February 13th. Check your local listings for times.
We’ll do our best to bring you the video and screencaptures asap after the show has aired!
Below are another couple of videos with footage and interviews from the London premiere of This Means War, the first one of which has brief footage from inside the premiere, showing Reese, Chris Pine, Tom Hardy and director McG inside the cinema presenting the film on stage:
You’ve already heard actress Reese Witherspoon heap praise upon “Water for Elephants” co-star Robert Pattinson, so it seems only fitting she move on to another squee-inducing celebrity: Justin Bieber.
During tonight’s MTV First: This Means War (airing on MTV at 7:56 p.m. ET followed by a 30-minute interview on MTV.com), the topic of the “Baby” singer’s rumored “Fear” remake came up, and as far as we can tell, Reese has no trepidations about the Biebs tackling her 1997 drama.
“Oh, really?” she asked, apparently hearing the news for the first time. “Fine, great. That’d be cool. Would he be playing me, or is he playing Mark Wahlberg? Is it like a girl who harasses the family, like a stalker who can’t leave him alone? That would be good, right? I mean girls get crazy about him. Yeah, he’s very talented.”
We hadn’t thought of the role reversal before, but dang-it, Reese, if you haven’t hit on a good thing there. We smell a producer credit, for sure.
In addition to her successes as an actress and her respectable reputation, Reese Witherspoon is the envy of millions of Twilighters after working alongside superstar heartthrob Robert Pattinson in not one, but two films — not to mention the fact that she’s kissed him too.
When MTV News caught up with Witherspoon recently as part of “MTV First: This Means War,” we asked her the first thing that comes to mind when she thinks of her “Water for Elephants” and “Vanity Fair” co-star.
“I would say [he is] the hardest-working person I’ve ever worked with, honestly,” she said. “[He’s] professional, hard-working, so appreciative, more grateful than I’ve ever seen anyone for where he is in life.”
Given the fact that Witherspoon has been in the business for decades and experienced every facet of being famous, we asked her to weigh in on the current fan frenzy that surrounds Pattinson wherever he goes and how it may or may not affect a person.
As I posted about last night, Miss Reese attended the red carpet premiere of This Means War in London last night, looking totally stunning! We now know that Reese’s gorgeous green dress was Louis Vuitton, and her shoes were Christian Louboutin.
Today I’ve added another 126 HQs to our Gallery for your viewing pleasure, and there are some great shots in there of Reese striking a pose for the photographers! Further down this post are a few videos with footage and interviews from the premiere.
More HQs from this premiere are still to come…
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As well as the cover of UK Glamour, Reese will also grace the pages of UK Vogue in their March issue! The new photoshoot looks to be quite classic and playful … based on the preview picture I’m posting below!!
Be sure I’ll post more info on this spread as soon as I find anything out…
EDITED on February 2nd: I was wrong! This photo is actually from Reese’s UK Glamour photoshoot.
Reese has just walked the red carpet at the London premiere of This Means War! She shimmered in a gorgeous deep green and black mini dress with her hair long and straight with bangs. She posed with her co-stars Tom Hardy and Chris Pine inside.
I’ve added the first few photos to our Gallery, and will be adding many, many more, including HQs, over the next day, as well as videos and any interesting tidbits and articles from the event.
What do you think of Reese’s look? Tell us in the comments!
EDIT: The first few HQs have now been added! Again, lots more still to come…
The first official clip from This Means War has been released online, entitled ‘Acquire Intel’. It was actually part of the 9 minute preview posted the other day, but in case you want to watch it stand-alone, here it is:
When “This Means War” hits theaters on Valentine’s Day, the Reese Witherspoon action comedy will arrive with a PG-13 rating, TheWrap has confirmed.
Fox, the studio behind the McG film, has trimmed sexual content in the film, and in return the Motion Picture Association of America has removed the R-rating, a spokeswoman for the ratings board said.
In addition to Witherspoon, “This Means War” stars Tom Hardy and Chris Pine. It centers on two CIA agents who compete for the same woman.
Fox lost its appeal on Thursday of the MPAA’s rating.
After hearing statements from Ted Gagliano, president of feature post production for Twentieth Century Fox and from Joan Graves, who chairs the Classification and Rating Administration, the board upheld the R rating due to sexual content.
“This Means War” will now apparently arrive in theaters with a little less steam heat — or at least with the sensuality and sex jokes dialed down a notch or two.
For an appeal to be successful, two-thirds of the board must vote that the rating is “clearly erroneous.”
The board reviews between 800 and 900 movies each year. Usually, fewer than 12 are appealed.