Last year we received 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 (not very optimistically) 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. Since the announcement everything we hear about the project just gets better and better, starting with the fact that Normal People's Daisy Edgar Jones has been confirmed to star.
Here's everything we know about the adaptation, from cast and trailer to release date.
When is Where the Crawdads Sing being released?
The big, huge, massive news is that filming has now officially wrapped on Where The Crawdads Sing, according to Daisy Edgar-Jones who shared the news with fans on Instagram over the weekend.
Along with several behind the scenes pictures of the cast and crew filming the project, Daisy wrote, "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."
Looks like we're on track for that 24 June 2022 release date, then!
What is Where the Crawdads Sing 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 know the full official cast yet - although we're hoping Reese might be part of the cast as well as the production team - but we do now know that Normal People's Daisy Edgar-Jones has been confirmed for the project, starring as lead character Kya.
In June Reese shared several behind the scenes pictures from the set, including one showing Daisy as Kya.
In late January, it was revealed the two male leads had also been cast. Per Deadline, rising stars Taylor John Smith and Harris Dickinson have signed up to the adaptation. Taylor is best known for his roles in horror movie Shadow in the Clouds with Chloe Grace Moretz and HBO's limited series Sharp Objects with Amy Adams.
While Harris has appeared in Maleficent: Mistress of Evil and will also star in The King's Man, which is due out this year after being pushed back due to the pandemic. It's yet not clear which actor has been cast to play Tate and who has been cast to play Chase.
We also 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.
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