'Where the Crawdads Sing' Release Date, Cast, Trailer, Plot

Daisy Edgar Jones, Taylor John Smith, and Harris Dickinson star in the latest thriller coming to the big screen, Where The Crawdads Sing. The gripping movie is an adaption of the best-selling novel of the same name by Delia Owens, which was published in 2018 and continues to be a best-seller across the globe.

As of late February 2022, the book has spent 150 weeks on The New York Times Fiction Best Sellers list and Grammy-wining singer Taylor Swift is such a fan of the book, she has recorded the song "Carolina", especially for the movie.

Newsweek has everything you need to know about the highly-anticipated movie release of Where The Crawdads Sing, including release date, cast, trailer, plot, and more.

When Is Where the Crawdads Sing Out?

There is good news for book lovers looking forward to the movie adaptation of Where the Crawdads Sing.

The movie is set to premiere in theatres worldwide on Friday, July 15, 2022.

What is Where the Crawdads Sing About?

Where the Crawdads Sing is an adaption of the novel of the same name by Delia Owens.

The best-selling novel follows the story of Kya, who was abandoned by her family as a young girl living among the North Carolina marshes.

Over the years she learned to fend for herself and instead of going to school, she taught herself about nature and survival instead.

However, when she meets local boy Tate Walker, who teaches her to read and write, Kya's life changes for better and for worse.

When her not-so-nice boyfriend, Chase (Harris Dickinson) is found dead, Kya finds herself on trial for his murder.

The movie has all the elements of a love story, crime thriller, and 1960s prejudice wrapped up in one, you will not want to miss it.

The movie is directed by First Match's Olivia Newman and produced by Reese Witherspoon. The movie even features an original song "Carolina" by Taylor Swift, who is a huge fan of the original novel.

Taking to Instagram to share the news, Swift posted a clip of the trailer, expressing her love for the novel and for Jones.

She wrote: "Where The Crawdads Sing is a book I got absolutely lost in when I read it years ago. As soon as I heard there was a film in the works starring the incredible @daisyedgarjones and produced by the brilliant @reesewitherspoon, I knew I wanted to be a part of it from the musical side. I wrote the song "Carolina" alone and asked my friend @aarondessner to produce it. I wanted to create something haunting and ethereal to match this mesmerizing story. You'll hear it fully soon, but for now, check out the @crawdadsmovie trailer for a clip!"

Who Stars in Where the Crawdads Sing?

Daisy Edgar-Jones and Taylor John Smith lead the cast of Where the Crawdads Sing.

Edgar-Jones, best known for her role as Marianne in Normal People and most recently, as Noa in Fresh takes on the role of Katherine "Kya" Clarke. Jojo Regina stars as a younger Kya in the movie.

Audiences will most likely recognize Smith from his roles as John Keene in Sharp Objects and as Andrew Bundermann in The Outpost. In Where the Crawdads Sing, he plays Tate Walker. Luke David Blumm takes on the role of younger Tate.

The Souvenir: Part II star Harris Dickinson plays the role of Chase Andrews, Kya's toxic love interest.

Also appearing in Where the Crawdads Sing are:

  • Michael Hyatt as Mabel
  • Sterling Macer Jr. as Jumpin
  • David Strathairn as Tom Milton
  • Jayson Warner Smith as Deputy Joe Purdue
  • Garret Dillahunt as Pa
  • Ahna O'Reilly as Ma
  • Eric Ladin as Eric Chastain
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Daisy Edgar-Jones as Kya in Where the Crawdads Sing Sony Picutres

Is There A Trailer for Where the Crawdads Sing?

Yes! Finally, there is a haunting trailer for Where the Crawdads Sing.

The trailer begins by introducing "the marsh girl" Kya, who was abandoned as a child.

Kya is then heard saying "I had a family once, they called me Kya" before it is revealed she simply "survived" in the marsh, alone.

The trailer then flashes forward to a much older Kya and the moment she crosses paths with Tate Walker.

Moments later, there has been a murder in the marsh and Kya finds herself on trial.

"Being isolated was one thing; being hunted, quite another", Kya says in voiceover as the trailer plays out.

Where The Crawdads Sing is out in theatres on Friday, July 15.