Daisy Edgar-Jones Shares BTS Photos From The 'Where The Crawdads Sing' Set

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Photo credit: David M. Benett - Getty Images
Photo credit: David M. Benett - Getty Images

Daisy Edgar Jones has taken on another bestselling cult novel with her latest role.

The Normal People star - who shot to prominence during the 2020 lockdown for starring opposite Paul Mescal in the screen adaptation of Sally Rooney's coming-of-age novel about love, sex, class, friendship and mental health - was recently cast for Where The Crawdads Sing.

The adaptation will take the form of a film, and has finished filming. What else do we know about Where The Crawdads sing? Read on to find out...

What is Where The Crawdads Sing about?

The film is based on the bestselling and the debut fiction novel written by wildlife scientists Delia Owens. Starting in 1952, the book follows Kya, who grows up in an isolated marshy part of North Carolina. The book, split into two parts, then picks up with Kya in 1965 when she is 19 years old before a murder case enters the storyline. Described as an 'ode to nature' and a suspense-laden thriller, the book has garnered praise and interest around the world.

What has the cast said about Where The Crawdads Sing?

Over Fourth of July weekend the lead actor shared several behind-the-scenes photos from shooting the film now that it's wrapped up.

'Where the crawdudes be diddle daddling. What a wonderful few months it has been. I can’t wait for you to see Kya’s marsh in all its glory and thank you to the Crawdads team for working so hard to bring this beautiful story to life. That’s a heckin wrap. See you way out yonder,' she captioned the series of snaps.

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On April 27, the actor shared another BTS photo from the set of the film and tagged her co-star Taylor John Smith and director Livi Newman.

'First day in the can,' she captioned the snap of the clapperboard.

Photo credit: Daisy Edgar Jones - Instagram
Photo credit: Daisy Edgar Jones - Instagram

Edgar-Jones teamed up with a member of the royal family to chat about her forthcoming role in the film adaptation of the book.

On February 11, the actress appeared on Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall's virtual book club Instagram account (@duchessofcornwallsreadingroom) and opened up about how she related to her character Kya's isolation during lockdown.

‘I just feel that this idea of isolation was such a resonant one when I read it because of the climate that we're currently living in,’ she said.

‘We've all experienced such loneliness and disconnect to our friends and our family because of the pandemic, so being able to escape into Kya's world and see how she finds comfort and solace and love through the connections she makes with the beautiful natural world that's around her I just found incredibly comforting and moving.’

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The Normal People star continued, noting how ‘privileged and excited’ she feels to play Kya.

‘I just feel so privileged and excited to be able to be playing her,’ she added. ‘I think she's such a special character and such a special person and I think this book will stay with me forever, so to be able to step inside her world for the next few months, I just feel very lucky and I could not recommend this book enough.’

The Duchess appears to be a big fan of Where The Crawdads Sing as she recently included in one of her book club picks.

Who is in the cast and crew of Where The Crawdads Sing?

Self-proclaimed book lover Reese Witherspoon acquired the rights to produce the novel via her production company Hello Sunshine (in partnership with 3000 Pictures) after featuring it in her online book club.

Witherspoon, who also brought to screen Big Little Lies, Gone Girl and Little Fires Everywhere, is also known for putting women front and centre of her productions. Where The Crawdads Sing is no different with Witherspoon producing, Lucy Alibar (who wrote the Oscar-nominate Beasts Of The Southern Wild) as screenwriter and Olivia Newman directing.

The first actor to be confirmed to take part in the film is Edgar-Jones, who was an actor one everybody's lips in 2020 after playing the lead role of the whimsical Marianne in Normal People. The 22-year-old will now be taking on another lead, playing Kya, in the forthcoming screen adaptation.

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

On January 25, more actors were confirmed to be taking part in the film. Taylor John Smith - who has starred in another book-to-TV series Sharp Objects with Amy Adams in 2018 - and Harris Dickinson (Maleficent and TV series Trust) are also joining the cast, Hello Sunshine confirmed on Instagram.

Does Where The Crawdads Sing have a release date?

It's believed the film will be out on June 24, 2022, so we have all our fingers and toes crossed for a prompt arrival next year.

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