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As filming on ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ wraps, here’s all you need to know about the movie adaptation


By Sarah Finnan
16th Aug 2021

Reese Witherspoon / Instagram

As filming on ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ wraps, here’s all you need to know about the movie adaptation

Daisy Edgar-Jones takes on the lead role of Kya in the upcoming movie adaptation of the hit novel ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’.

Based on the uber-popular Delia Owens novel of the same name, the movie adaptation of ‘Where The Crawdads Sing’ is expected to be released around this time next year. A project that’s coming to fruition largely thanks to one Ms Reese Witherspoon, she acquired the rights to rewrite the novel for the big screen after reading it as part of her online book club almost three years ago. 

Quickly falling in love with the story, the novel shot to the top of the New York Times best-sellers list after Reese’s endorsement of it – with Amazon also naming it its highest-selling fiction book of 2019. 

Enjoying continued success since then, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn’t read the book and subsequently raved about it to just about everyone they know (I finished it not too long ago and did exactly that).

Not due for release until summer 2022, filming wrapped in July so here’s everything we know about the movie so far. 

The story 

Sticking very closely to the plot of the original novel, the movie centres on main character Kya – a.k.a. the infamous “Marsh Girl”. Abandoned by her family at the tender age of six, Kya is forced to fend for herself from her home in the unforgiving setting of the North Carolina marshes. Ostracised from the surrounding community, she’s lived alone in her shack for years on end until suddenly, she finds herself the sole suspect in a local murder case. 

The cast

Revealing who’d be taking on the lead role towards the end of last year, Normal People star Daisy Edgar-Jones was named as Kya. Claiming that she “read the book in a day and a half”, she’s as big a fan of the project as the rest of us are and we look forward to seeing how she brings the character to life.  

Set to star alongside two male leads, Taylor John Smith and Harris Dickinson will take on the roles of Tate Walker and Chase Andrews respectively – Tate, a young fisherman who takes Kya under his wing and Chase, the star quarterback who ultimately finds himself dead. 

Other names set to feature include Garret Dillahunt who was cast as Pa, Michael Hyatt as Mabel and Sterling Macer Jr as Jumpin. 

The specifics 

Confirming that filming had come to a close over the weekend, Daisy shared a few behind-the-scenes photos to her social media in honour of the occasion. Writing that it had been a “wonderful few months” working on the project, she went on to say that she “can’t wait” for everyone “to see Kya’s marsh in all its glory”. “That’s a heckin wrap!!! See you way out yonder,” she finished. 

Filming on the project may have finished, but the work is far from done yet and unfortunately, we’ll have to wait just under 12 months for it to have its big debut on June 24 2022. May have to reread the book a few more times between now and then.