Cast, release date and more
One of the most anticipated films of the year, Where the Crawdads sing is about to bring Delia Owens’ 2018 novel to life on the big screen.
The novel quickly topped the fiction bestseller charts, where it remained for 32 non-consecutive weeks. If you haven’t heard of it by word of mouth, chances are you did when Reese Witherspoon selected it for her Hello Sunshine Book Club in September 2018, or when she decided to produce the ‘movie adaptation.
The novel is loved by many, and now the movie is almost here.
Starring Daisy Edgar-Jones, a new household name, thanks to Sally Rooney’s 2020 adaptation normal people, the film is meant to captivate audiences. Best of all, it bears the official Taylor Swift seal of approval. In fact, Swift loved the book so much that when she heard about the film adaptation, she wrote “Carolina” and brought it to them.
From cast details to filming locations and whether Swift will be eligible for an Oscar, here’s everything we know so far about Where the Crawdads sing.
who plays in Where the Crawdads sing?
Kya’s lead role is Daisy Edgar-Jones. Edgar-Jones first made a name for himself performing in cold feetbut it was the 2020 adaptation of Sally Rooney’s novel normal people that cemented her as a household name. Meanwhile, Little Kya will be played by Jojo Regina, this will be her first major film role.
Also starring in the film:
- Joe Chrest as Dr. Cone
- Garret Dillahunt as Dad
- Harris Dickinson as Chase Andrews
- Taylor John Smith as Tate Walker
- David Strathairn as Tom Milton
- Eric Ladin as Eric Chastain
- Ahna O’Reilly as Ma
- Michael Hyatt as Mabel
- Charlie Talbert as Mr. Mosley
- Logan Macrae as Jodie
- Jayson Warner Smith as Deputy Joe Purdue
- Victoria Paige Watkins as young Kala
- Luke David Blumm as Little Tate
- Sterling Macer Jr. as Jumpin
- Bill Kelly as Sheriff Jackson, and
- Caroline Cole always wears pearls
who led Where do the Crawdads sing?
Olivia Newman directed the film adaptation of Where the Crawdads sing. Before that, his most notable directing credit was the Netflix movie First gameand next on his list is an as-yet-untitled film about Roe Vs Wade.
Who wrote the screenplay for Where do the Crawdads sing?
Lucy Alibar is credited with writing the adapted screenplay of Where the Crawdads sing, which is of course based on the novel by Delia Owens. Owens is credited for the story.
What is the plot of Where do the Crawdads sing?
The film’s official line is, “A woman raised in the deep south swamps becomes suspicious in the murder of a man she was once involved with.”
Is there a trailer for Where the Crawdads sing?
There is, and you can watch it here:
Will Taylor Swift be eligible for the Best Original Song Oscar for ‘Carolina’?
That’s the question of the hour, isn’t it? Can Blondie land an Oscar win and get closer to a coveted EGOT?
According to the Oscar eligibility criteria:
“An original song consists of lyrics and music, both original and written especially for the cinema. There must be a clearly audible, intelligible and substantial interpretation (not necessarily presented visually) of the lyrics and melody, used in the body of the film or as the first musical cue in the end credits.
Swift’s new song “Carolina” was written especially for Where the Crawdads singwhich would make it eligible in that sense, as it is not on any of his previous albums.
Given that the film has promoted Swift’s new song throughout its publicity for the film thus far, it’s very safe to assume that “Carolina” will also meet the criteria to be “a clearly audible rendition , intelligible and substantial” of the song, as well. After all, Sony wouldn’t want to lose its chance to be nominated for the Oscars either!
While we’ve yet to see the movie and how the song is used in it, it’s safe to assume that yes, Swift will be eligible for an Oscar when it comes time to announce the nominations. You can listen to an excerpt from “Carolina” below:
East Where the Crawdads sing Based on a true story?
The short answer? Nope, Where the Crawdads To sing is not based on a true story, it is based on Delia Owens’ novel of the same name, which was published in 2018.
The longest answer? Although not based on a true story, Owens was indeed linked to an actual murder in 1995, alongside her husband Mark Owens.
Although Delia was never directly suspected of killing anyone herself, the couple were wanted for questioning in relation to the unsolved murder of a suspected African poacher in Zambia.
The case has caused much ink to flow and was even the subject of an 18,000-word investigative article published in the New Yorkerwhich you can read here.
Where was Where the Crawdads sing Filmed?
Although the novel and film are firmly set in North Carolina, Where the Crawdads sing filmed primarily in the US state of Louisiana.
The fishing village of Barkley Cove was recreated in downtown Houma, Louisiana, with production completely transforming Lafayette Street to fit the 1960s era in which the film is based.
Meanwhile, Kya’s main home, the North Carolina Swamps, was filmed around the shores of Lake Pontchartrain. They filmed at Fontainebleau and Fairview-Riverside State Parks, located in Mandeville and Madisonville.
Of course, the film’s main plot takes place in the courtroom, and in real life it was shot at the historic St. Bernard Parish Courthouse, aka the Beauregard Courthouse, in Chalmette. .
where can i watch Where do the Crawdads sing?
Where the Crawdads sing will be a theatrical release. No word yet on when this one will stream!
When Where the Crawdads sing To be released in Australia?
Where the Crawdads sing will be released in HOYTS cinemas on July 21, 2022.
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