It was only a matter of time before Where Crawdads sings became a movie. Just a few years after the book landed, it has become a global phenomenon that sits nicely on New York Times bestseller list for over 150 weeks. Now it takes the leap to the big screen like a summer blockbuster, with massive success basically guaranteed. The first trailer for the film, released today, promises an evocative journey into the marshy areas of North Carolina. We break down everything we know about the film so far, from the story to the soundtrack.
What is Where Crawdads sing about?
Adapted from the bestselling 2018 novel by Delia Owens, Where Crawdads sings is the story of Kya Clark, also known as “The Marsh Girl”. Abandoned as a child by her mother, then by her abusive father, Kya grows up largely alone from the age of six and up, running wildly through the bogs of her North Carolina coastal community. Kya learns to fend for herself and develops a deep community with the landscape, but she encounters ridicule from her classmates and the city’s citizens, who call her “The Marsh Girl”. Kindness comes in the form of Tate Walker, who teaches her to read and write, and becomes her first love. Encouraged by the Tate, Kya eventually uses her environmental expertise to publish natural maneuvers.
As an adult, Kya falls for the city’s golden boy, Chase Andrews. The relationship ends badly with violence and infidelity, but Kya is drawn back to the past when Chase is found dead. A series of clues lead local investigators to believe that Kya committed the murder; they imprison her without bail and put her on trial, forcing her to prove her innocence in a twisted courtroom drama. At one time a gripping mystery and an influential story of growing age, the novel was a huge commercial hit.
Who is involved in the film?
Reese Witherspoon’s literary takeover of Hollywood continues Where Crawdads sings. The actress is producing the film under the banner of her production company Hello Sunshine, which also produced her adaptations of Wild, Away girl, Big little liesand Small fires everywhere. Witherspoon called the film “one of the truly exciting, once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.”
Where Crawdads sings plays Daisy Edgar-Jones as Kya, alongside Taylor John Smith as Tate and Harris Dickinson as Chase. Olivia Newman, who made her feature film debut First match in 2018 directs, while Lucy Alibar, an Oscar nominee who co-wrote Beasts of the Southern Wildis responsible for the manuscript.
Taylor Swift has provided an original song for the movie, called “Carolina,” which you can hear in the trailer. “Where Crawdads sings is a book I fell in love with when I read it years ago, “Swift wrote on Instagram. “As soon as I heard that there was a movie on the way starring the incredible Daisy Edgar-Jones and produced by the ingenious Reese Witherspoon, I knew I wanted to be a part of it from the musical side. I wanted to create something eerie and ethereal that matches this fascinating story. “
When will it hit theaters?
Where Crawdads sings is set to hit theaters July 15, 2022. Stay tuned for updates as we continue to learn more.
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