In this cinematic adaptation of Delia Owens’ best-selling novel, a young girl grows up alone in the marshes of North Carolina. However, her life takes an unexpected turn when she is accused of murder.
Daisy Edgar-Jones stars as Kya Clark, a woman who has lived in the marsh since being abandoned as a child. She soon becomes the target of town haters.
Starring Daisy Edgar-Jones and Jojo Regina
Delia Owens’ bestselling novel Where the Crawdads Sing is being adapted for film by Hello Sunshine. Since its release, this book has become an incredibly successful phenomenon, selling over 12 million copies worldwide.
Where the Crawdads Sing follows Kya Clark, a young woman who thrives in North Carolina’s marshes during the 1950s and ’60s. Abandoned by her alcoholic father and siblings, Kya raises herself by selling fresh mussels to local fishermen.
She finds solace in nature and withdraws into herself, becoming a recluse. Labeled ‘The Marsh Girl’ by most of her community, she is shunned by most and eventually becomes the prime suspect in a murder investigation.
Where the Crawdads Sing is directed by Olivia Newman (First Match) and written by Lucy Alibar. Starring Daisy Edgar-Jones (Normal People) as adult Kya and Jojo Regina as her 10-year-old version, it also features Taylor Swift who wrote a song for the film.
Directed by Olivia Newman
Based on Delia Owens’ best-selling novel and Lucy Alibar’s screenplay, Where the Crawdads Sing follows a young woman raised in North Carolina’s marshes as she becomes a suspect in the murder of an area hotshot. Directed by relative newcomer Olivia Newman, the film stars Daisy Edgar-Jones as Kya (Kya), also known as The Marsh Girl whose family abandoned her to live alone in nature.
Where the Crawdads Sing attempts to combine a coming-of-age story, murder mystery, courtroom drama and two romantic triangles into an engaging film. Unfortunately, it tries to tackle too much at once – leading to disappointment and misdirected expectations.
Where the Crawdads Sing presents a vision of strength and purity: A white girl abandoned by her family grows up in a marsh, survives, and finds love without ever forgetting about its natural surroundings. It’s an inspiring tale about persevering through hardship and racism to carve out one’s own path.
Written by Lucy Alibar
This summer, the film adaptation of Delia Owens’ bestselling 2018 novel Where the Crawdads Sing will hit theaters. Starring Daisy Edgar-Jones and directed by Olivia Newman (Beasts of the Southern Wild), it is written and produced by Lucy Alibar (Owen’s Beasts).
The movie follows Kya Clark, an isolated girl growing up in North Carolina’s marshes. For years, rumors of her being known as the “Marsh Girl” have swirled around Barkley Cove, keeping Kya away from her community and ultimately leading to her isolation.
Kya’s life begins to unravel when two young men from town begin to capture her attention. She finds herself drawn into a world of intrigue and danger, culminating in the discovery of Chase Andrews’ body in the marsh – with Kya being cast as its prime suspect and life starting to unravel around her.
This book, part bildungsroman and part crime drama, has captivated readers since its release. Backed by Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine productions and featuring a soundtrack composed by Taylor Swift, Where the Crawdads Sing is sure to become an instant summer hit.
Starring Taylor Swift
The much-awaited trailer for Where the Crawdads Sing has finally arrived. Starring Daisy Edgar-Jones as Kya, a girl raised alone in North Carolina’s marshes, this film follows Kya as she navigates life’s ups and downs alone.
This film is based on Delia Owens’ novel of the same name, which spent over two years on The New York Times bestseller list. Produced by Reese Witherspoon and directed by Olivia Newman, it stars Reese Witherspoon.
It is a tale of survival and hope, interlaced with some romance. However, there are also dark undertows present throughout the narrative.
Where the Crawdads Sing is an admirably faithful adaptation of Delia Owens’ book. Olivia Newman does a remarkable job translating her adaptation visually appealing while remaining faithful to its source material.
Crawdads Sing’s biggest flaw is when it attempts to be more than a simple popcorn movie. It becomes flat and uninspiring, with its Big Romantic Moment involving Kya (Taylor John Smith) feeling far too insipid to truly inspire viewers.