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Everything we know about the ‘Where The Crawdads Sing’ movie

Everything we know about the ‘Where The Crawdads Sing’ movie

Reese Witherspoon is set to adapt the best-selling novel Where The Crawdads Sing into a feature film.

Everything we know about the ‘Where The Crawdads Sing’ movie

Where The Crawdads Sing was chosen as Reese’s Book Club’s September pick and has since sold over 4.5 million copies worldwide and topped numerous bestseller lists.

The coming-of-age story follows Kya, a young girl from North Carolina who raises herself from young age in the early 1950s before being accused of murder as a teenager.

Reese Witherspoon is producing it

After a successful string of book-to-movie adaptations, Reese Witherspoon has added the hotly-anticipated project to her producer resume.

The Big Little Lies star will be co-producing the adaptation of the best-selling novel written by Delia Owens.

Witherspoon, who was an early fan of the book through her popular book club, will be producing the film under her Hello Sunshine production company.

Since founding the company in 2012, Witherspoon has had a successful string of films and TV shows, including Wild, Gone Girl, The Morning Show and Big Little Lies. She is also set to produce an adaptation of another bestselling novel, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine. 

Daisy Edgar-Jones is starring as the lead

Daisy Edgar-Jones, who played Marianne in the hit TV series Normal People, has landed the lead role in the Where The Crawdads Sing movie.

Its the first bit of casting news, with Edgar-Jones expected to take on the lead role as Kya.

In a recent interview with The Sunday Times, Edgar-Jones said she is “very excited” to bring Kya to life on the screen. “It’s a great team of women and a brilliant story of a strong female character who is so complex and so fragile and interesting and strong.”

The two male leads have been cast

Taylor John Smith and Harris Dickinson have been cast as the two male leads, Deadline reported on 25 January.

Smith, who recently starred in Shadow of the Cloud, will be playing Tate Walker, the young fisherman who falls for Kya.

Harris Dickinson is set to play star quarterback Chase Andrews.

It’s backed by a female-strong team

Alongside Witherspoon’s producer role, Olivia Newman, director of Netflix’s wrestling drama First Match will direct the film and the screenplay is being adapted by Lucy Alibar, writer of Beasts Of The Southern Wild. 

Witherspoon will also be co-producing the Crawdads film with long-time producer Lauren Neustadter, who has worked on Big Little Lies and Little Fires Everywhere. 

There’s no release date yet

As it’s still early on in the production, a release date is yet to be announced by the project is well underway so stay tuned!

Looking for a Crawdads-inspired read? 5 books you should read if you loved Where The Crawdads Sing. 

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