Carolina is a pro! Where the Crawdads Sing has captivated readers since its 2018 release — and now, moviegoers will get to see Kya’s story come to life on the big screen.
Delia Owen’s bestselling novel has been adapted by script writer Lucy AlibarDirector Olivia Newmanfor the July 2022 release. The film Daisy Edgar-JonesKya Clark portrays Chase Andrews, a marshgirl who is accused of murdering Chase.Harris Dickinson), a boy she once dated.
Through the story’s twists and turns — which pay homage to the way Owens pulled in readers from page one — viewers will learn more about Kya, her North Carolina marsh roots and where the town of Barkley Cove’s secrets are buried.
“I loved the book Where the Crawdads Sing and wanted to turn it into a movie,” producer Reese WitherspoonIn a May preview video, the movie was revealed. “It’s a thriller. It kept me guessing ‘til the very, very end.”
A month later, the Sweet Home AlabamaThe actress, 46, teased audiences and readers about what they can expect from the film’s upcoming summer release.
“The same feelings you get when you read the book, you’re going to have when you go see the film. But then [we] also add this thriller element,” Witherspoon said in a June video from Sony Pictures. “There’s not a person on earth who hasn’t felt like an outsider. But the story is about finding a way to just save yourself.”
The Draper James founder added: “It’s a wonderful thing to read and enjoy a book, but to make a world come alive … that’s magic.”
Edgar-Jones, for her part, gushed over the role of Kya, saying in the teaser clip, “I fell deeply in love with the world and the character. She’s so resilient and strong. I really wanted to spend some time embodying her.”
The actress, who is 24 years old, helped bring to life the film. Sally Rooney’s book Normal People2020 Hulu series. This experience taught her the pressure of accurately portraying a book character onto screen.
“‘This is my second time doing a big book adaptation. I really should stop doing that to myself,” Edgar-Jones told Elle UKIn July, I smiled over the choice to take it on Where the Crawdads Sing.
She also sang Witherspoon’s praises after working alongside her in Louisiana while shooting the movie. “I grew up watching Reese, so it was a big moment,” the Unter dem Banner of HeavenStar added. “She has such an amazing eye for complicated characters and stories that are predominantly female-led.”
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