Oscar nominated actor David Stathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck) will join Daisy Edgar-Jones, Taylor John Smith and Harris Dickinson in 3000 Pictures and Hello Sunshine’s film adaptation of Where The Crawdads Sing, as confirmed by Deadline. The film is based on Delia Owens’ best-selling novel of the same name. The film is being directed by Olivia Newman (First Match) from a screenplay written by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Lucy Alibar (Beasts of the Southern Wild).
Where the Crawdads Sing tells the story of Kya, a young woman who is abandoned by her family and has to raise herself all alone in her small town during the Mid-20th Century South. However, when her boyfriend is found dead, Kya is forced into the spotlight, and becomes the main suspect for his murder by her local neighbors and law enforcement.
The book sold nearly 8.5 million copies worldwide, and spent 124 weeks on The New York Times Bestseller List, as well as being on The New York Times Fiction Bestsellers of 2019 and 2020 for 54 weeks.
Reese Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter are producing the film under their company Hello Sunshine with Elizabeth Gabler, Erin Siminoff and Aislinn Dunster who are overseeing the project for 3000 Pictures.