Reese Witherspoon Is Developing a ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ Movie—Here’s What We Know

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1. What is Where the Crawdads Sing?

Where the Crawdads Sing is a best-selling novel written by Delia Owens. Although it was originally published in 2018, Witherspoon’s production company, Hello Sunshine, obtained the film rights shortly after.

2. What is it about?

The story is set in two different time periods. The first one follows a young girl named Kya Clark (dubbed “Swamp Girl”), who is struggling to make ends meet. The second takes place in the same marsh several years later—but this time, it explores a mysterious homicide.

3. Who’s starring in Where the Crawdads Sing?

No casting details for Where the Crawdads Sing have been released. While we wouldn’t be surprised if Witherspoon appears in the film adaptation, Kya is only 6 years old at the beginning (and grows up throughout the book), so we don’t expect the actress to have the only starring role. Perhaps she’ll cast one of the young Big Little Lies stars as her younger self?

4. Who’s directing it?

Olivia Newman is set to direct Where the Crawdads Sing. The filmmaker is widely known for her award-winning directorial debut, First Match, which hit Netflix in 2018. The script will be penned by Lucy Alibar (Troop Zero), and Witherspoon will serve as an executive producer alongside her right-hand gal, Lauren Neustadter (Little Fires Everywhere, The Morning Show).

5. When will Where the Crawdads Sing premiere?

Unfortunately, we don’t know when Where the Crawdads Sing will hit theaters. The good news is the story features very few characters, so production could begin any day, just as long as everyone abides by social distancing guidelines.

According to Witherspoon, it’ll be worth the wait. “It’s just one of those really exciting, once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. It’s very fulfilling,” she told Harper’s Bazaar.

If you need us, we’ll be re-reading Where the Crawdads Sing. (You know, for research.)

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