Where the Crawdad singan adaptation of Delia Owen’s novel starring Daisy Edgar-Jones, hits theaters this summer and is already one of the most anticipated films of 2022.
A New York Times bestseller and Amazon’s best-selling fiction book for all of 2019, Where the Crawdads Sing, was adapted by Hello Sunshine, Reece Witherspoon’s production company, after reading it as part of his Instagram book club in September 2018.
The actor said directing the film was “one of those unique and really exciting opportunities” after falling in love with the story that follows Kya Clark, a sensitive and intelligent young woman who survived on her own for years. in the marshes of Barkley Cove, North Carolina.
The story takes a dark turn when a man Kya was once involved with is found dead and she becomes the prime suspect. However, Reece is no stranger to thrilling crime dramas having done shows and movies like Big little lies, little fires everywhere and missing girl.
The film also features an incredible female-led crew, with Olivia Newman (First game, FBI, Chicago Fireand Chicago PD) directing, while Lucy Alibar, who is best known for co-writing the 2012 film The Beasts of the Wild Southwrote the screenplay.
Here’s everything we know about Where the Crawdads sing…
Where the Crawdads Sing release date
There was a little confusion as to the exact timing Where the Crawdads sing will land in theaters, however, the film is believed to arrive in the US on Friday July 15 and then in UK cinemas a week later on Friday July 22.
What happens in Where the Crawdads Sing?
Set in North Carolina in the 1950s and 1960s, the film follows the coming of age of Kya, a young girl nicknamed “Marsh Girl” by locals after learning to live independently after being abandoned by her family when she was a child.
After getting by on her own and learning about swamp ecosystems like no one else, Kya begins putting her knowledge to paper and illustrating her own books. But her solitary existence leaves her an outcast in the local town, and so when a local man is found murdered, Kya quickly finds herself the prime suspect in the crime.
Sony Pictures’ official synopsis reads: “Where the Crawdads sing tells the story of Kya, an abandoned girl who rises to adulthood in the dangerous swamps of North Carolina. For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, isolating the strong and resilient Kya from her community.
“Attracted by two young men from the city, Kya opens up to a new and surprising world; but when one of them is found dead, she is immediately singled out by the community as the prime suspect. what really happened grows increasingly hazy, threatening to reveal the many secrets that lurk in the swamp.”
Who is in the cast of Where the Crawdads Sing?
Daisy Egdar-Jones is set to land her biggest role playing adult Kya. After rising to fame as Marianne in the BBC and Hulu drama normal peopleshe last appeared in the 2022 Netflix film Costs.
Jojo Regina will star in the film as young Kya, the 10-year-old has previously starred in the TV show The chosen and the short film Pleasure.
Taylor John Smith
Taylor John Smith (Sharp objects) plays Kya’s childhood friend and biggest supporter, Tate Walker. Tate is from Barkley Cove and is Kya’s primary romantic interest, having known her since she was a young girl.
Harris Dickinson (The king’s man) will play Chase Andrews. Chase is a popular young man who lives in Barkley Cove and is famous in town as one of the best old quarterbacks the area has ever seen.
Who else is starring in the movie?
David Strathairn (nomadland) will play Tom Milton, while Garret Dillahunt (army of the dead) takes on the role of Pa, Ahna O’Reilly (Bomb) plays Ma, Michael Hyatt (Snowfall) plays Mabel and Eric Ladin (Bosch) will play Eric Chastain.
Where the music from Crawdad’s Sing
Taylor Swift wrote a song specifically for the film called “Carolina” after falling in love with the Where the Crawdads sing book a few years ago.
She said on social media: “Where the Crawdads sing is a book that I completely lost myself in when I read it years ago. As soon as I heard there was a movie in the works starring the amazing @daisyedgarjones and produced by the brilliant @reesewitherspoon, I knew I wanted to be a part of it on the musical side.
“I wrote the song ‘Carolina’ alone and had my friend @aarondessner produce it. I wanted to create something haunting and ethereal to match this compelling story.”
Is there a trailer for Where the Crawdads Sing?
Yes, the trailer shows Kya growing up alone in the swamps as she is forced to fend for herself, only to be later framed for murder when a man she was involved with turns up dead.
As clips from the film air, Kya can be heard saying, “Over there where the crayfish sing, the swamp knows one thing above all else: every creature does what it must to survive.”
The trailer also features Taylor Swift’s brand new song that she wrote for the film.