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Delia Owens' bestseller 'Where the Crawdads Sing' is coming to the big screen

Delia Owens' bestseller 'Where the Crawdads Sing' is coming to the big screen

Delia Owens' bestselling 2020 novel Where the Crawdads Sing is being adapted for film, with its director, cast, writer and producer announced recently. 

Reese Witherspoon has signed on as producer after featuring the book in her popular book club last year. Olivia Newman (First Match) has signed on as director, and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Lucy Alibar (Beasts of the Southern Wild, The Secret Garden) is writing the screenplay.

Among the cast is Normal People star Daisy Edgar-Jones in the lead role as Kyra, Grarret DIllahunt (Fear the Walking Dead), Michael Hyatt (Snowfall), Sterling Macer Jr (Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story), Ahna O'Reilly (The Morning Show), and new child actor Jojo Regina.

Set in the American South in the mid-20th century, Where the Crawdads Sing follows a young woman named Kyra who lives on her own after being abandoned y her family. When her former boyfriend is found dead, Kyra suddenly has the attention of her small town on her, branded as the prime suspect.

gr reviewer Melinda Woledge said of the book in her five star review, 'Part nature book, part murder mystery and courtroom drama, and part coming-of-age story, this is a stunning read and widely deserving of the accolades it’s received. Owens’ lush writing brings the marshland and Kya’s isolated yet magical world vividly alive. Amid Kya’s lonely abandonment, there is also friendship and hope. Highly recommended.'