A couple of months ago we got the very excellent news that Reese Witherspoon is going to be adapting Delia Owens best-selling novel Where The Crawdads Sing into a movie. Frankly, the only way this news could get better is if Reese herself was planning to star in the film. Fingers crossed.
The actress-turned-producer, who most recently worked on Big Little Lies and Little Fires Everywhere, chose the novel as her bookclub pick back in September 2018 and has since acquired the rights to develop the hugely successful murder mystery into a movie.
Here's everything we know about the adaptation, from cast and trailer to release date.
What is Where the Crawdads Sing going to be about?
The novel tells the story of Kya, a young woman who is forced to raise herself on the North Carolina marshes when her family abandons her at the age of six. She grows up an outsider in her community, who ostracise and mistreat her, giving her names like 'Marsh Girl,' and 'swamp trash'.
As an adult Kya has grown up to be wise and self-sufficient and also becomes a successful, published author. But everything changes when she is accused of murdering her former boyfriend, a beloved member of the town she now lives in, and must piece together what actually happened.
According to The Hollywood Reporter the film will be "both a crime thriller and a coming-of-age tale that intertwines two timelines."
Who has been cast in Where the Crawdads Sing?
It's pretty early stages so we don't have an official cast yet - although we're hoping Reese might be part of the cast as well as the production team - but we do know that Olivia Newman, who wrote and directed Netflix feature First Match, has been brought on as director.
Elsewhere on the team, Oscar-nominated Beasts of the Southern Wild scribe Lucy Alibar is writing the script. And although it's unclear whether Reese will star as well as produce, that's not a no, so we're not giving up hope just yet.
When will Where the Crawdads Sing be released?
Filming hasn't yet begun on the film, so it's likely to be a while, but the movie did officially go into pre-production as of July this year.
Author Delia Owens also made several trips to LA after the project was confirmed at the beginning of 2019, so while we don't have a release date, we do at least know that the ball is rolling.
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