After hearing about the talent involved, you probably didn’t even need to see a trailer for sale on Where The Crawdads Sing.
In the central role, we have Daisy Edgar-Jones. The 24-year-old English actress is best known for her earlier work on the Normal People miniseries (she played Marianne Sheridan) while other TV work includes Cold Feet and Under The Banner Of Heaven.
She recently impressed in the comedy horror film Fresh, so it’s good to see her again in another film courtesy of director Olivia Newman’s American mystery drama. Produced by Reese Witherspoon, Where The Crawdads Sing tells the story of Catherine “Kya” Clark, a young girl who grows up in a North Carolina swamp and becomes the prime suspect in the murder of her ex-boyfriend.
It’s a story that will smother audiences with a host of tense sequences, all held together by a gripping performance.
However, you may walk away — or even walk into the movie — with a burning question. Where is The Crawdads Sing based on a true story?
Where is The Crawdads Sing based on a true story?
No, Where The Crawdads Sing is not based on a true story.
However, it’s based on Delia Owens’ 2018 novel of the same name, and Olivia Newman directs a very faithful adaptation of the source material.
You might think four years is a pretty quick turnaround, but it’s no surprise that an adaptation came sooner rather than later. Where The Crawdads Sing is one of the best-selling books of all time and Rolling Stone reports that over 15 million copies have been sold since its publication.
Thanks to the film’s release, it also returned to the book sales chart and climbed to the top spot. So if you’re looking forward to reading before or after watching the movie, you’ll find copies on Amazon or any other book-selling site, as well as your local bookstore. However, popularity may see some places sell out.
“We shared this desire to do justice to Delia’s book”
While chatting with Refinery29, director Olivia Newman was asked what it was like bringing the novel to life with a female-led film crew.
“Making this film was one of the greatest creative gifts I’ve ever received,” she humbly explained.
“The book moved me deeply and I really wanted to do justice to Delia’s wonderful novel. And the wonderful thing about working with all of these amazing female department heads was that they were all equally passionate about the novel, and they all felt very connected to Kya and her story.
She added: “So we shared that desire to do justice to Delia’s book, to recreate Kya’s world as best we could, and to bring it to life on the big screen in a way that truly captured the hearts and minds. soul of the novel.”
Who stars in Where The Crawdads Sing?
You can check out the central cast and their respective roles below:
- Daisy Edgar-Jones as Catherine “Kya” Clark
- Jojo Regina as young Catherine “Kya” Clark
- Taylor John Smith as Tate Walker
- Luke David Blumm as young Tate Walker
- Harris Dickinson as Chase Andrews
- Michael Hyatt as Mabel
- Sterling Macer Jr as Jumpin
- David Strathairn as Tom Milton
- Jayson Warner Smith as Deputy Joe Purdue
- Garret Dillahunt as “Pa” Clark
- Ahna O’Reilly as “Ma” Clark
- Eric Ladin as Eric Chastain
Where The Crawdads Sing is in theaters now.
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