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Normal People’s Daisy Edgar-Jones to star in Where the Crawdads Sing film

The film is based on Delia Owens’ debut novel of the same name

Normal People star Daisy Edgar-Jones has landed a leading role in the film adaptation of Delia Owens’ debut novel, Where the Crawdads Sing.

Produced by Reece Witherspoon, whose recent credits include Big Little Lies and Little Fires Everywhere, the story is set in the mid-20th century South and centers on a young woman named Kya, who is abandoned by her family and raises herself in the marshes outside her small town. But when her ex-boyfriend is found dead, Kya becomes the prime suspect for his murder, and drama predictably ensues.

The script is written by Academy Award-nominated writer Lucy Alibar (Beasts of the Southern Wild) and directed by Olivia Newman, best known for her work on Netflix’s First Match.

In September, Edgar-Jones signed on as the lead role in upcoming social thriller Fresh. Meanwhile, her Normal People co-star Paul Mescal has joined the cast for Maggie Gyllenhaal’s upcoming film adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s novel The Lost Daughter and even appeared in a music video for The Rolling Stones.

For those of you still craving a follow-up to Sally Rooney’s novel turned break-away success TV adaptation, director and executive producer Lenny Abrahamson recently opened up about the possibility of the cast returning for season two of the show.

“We’ve talked about the possibility of how interesting it would be to check back in with them,” Abrahamson said in an interview with Deadline, “but apart from just general musings and over a drink, no, there have been no concrete discussions about what it would be like. As Sally says, the book stops where it stops because it feels right.”

Nevertheless, the team behind the series is reuniting to bring the author’s debut novel, Conversations with Friends, to the small screen, so keep your eyes peeled.