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22nd Oct 2020

Daisy Edgar Jones set to star in Where The Crawdads Sing adaptation

Jade Hayden

Delightful news of a Thursday.

Daisy Edgar Jones is set to star in the movie adaptation of Where The Crawdads Sing.

The actor, who is best known for her role as Marianne in Normal People, has been cast as the lead in the upcoming adapted release of Delia Owens’ bestselling novel.

Deadline reports that Edgar Jones has been cast as main character Kya, a woman who is abandoned by her family and forced to raise herself in the marshlands on the outskirts of a small US town.

Kya lives an all but quiet life alone in her home, until the death of an ex-boyfriend leads the townspeople to her marshland looking for clues – and proof that she is, in fact, responsible for his murder.

The 2019 novel was an instant bestseller upon its release, breaking records across the globe. It became Amazon’s most bought fiction book of 2019 and made it into several high profile bookclubs, including Reese Witherspoons’ – who is set to produce the upcoming movie.

Olivia Newman will direct the film from a screenplay written by the Oscar-nominated Lucy Alibar.

Newman’s debut directorial feature First Match won several awards after being released on Netflix in 2018. The film picked up the Audience Award for best narrative feature film and the LUNA Gamechanger Award for best female director of a first feature.

Lauren Neustadter will also join Witherspoon in producing the film for Hello Sunshine. Elizabeth Gabler, Erin Siminoff and Aislinn Dunster will oversee the project for 3000 Pictures.

Edgar Jones announced the news on her own social media last night stating: “I can’t actually believe this?”

The British actor is now, of course, instantly recognisable following her role on 2020’s hit TV series, Normal People. Alongside Ireland’s own Paul Mescal, Edgar Jones brought Sally Rooney’s novel to life, and now it appears as if she’s set to bring her incredible talents to yet another high profile project.

There’s no release date yet for the movie yet, but honestly, we’re hoping for a sneaky 2021 release.

Make it happen, @ Reese.