'Normal People' Star Daisy Edgar-Jones to Lead 'Where the Crawdads Sing' Movie

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Olivia Newman will direct from a script by Oscar-nominated 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' scribe Lucy Alibar.

After breaking out in the series adaptation of Sally Rooney's Normal People, Daisy Edgar-Jones has been tapped to lead a big-screen version of another best-selling novel.

Edgar-Jones will star in Sony Pictures' feature adaptation of the Delia Owens' debut novel Where the Crawdads Sing.

The story follows Kya, a young woman who is abandoned by her family and is left alone to raise herself on a marsh outside a small North Carolina town. After she becomes a respected author, publishing reference books on the local flora and fauna of her marsh, she is accused of murder of her former boyfriend, the town's golden boy.

Olivia Newman, who wrote and directed Netflix feature First Match, will direct. Oscar-nominated Beasts of the Southern Wild scribe Lucy Alibar is writing the script.

Reese Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter are producing via their banner, Hello Sunshine, and Elizabeth Gabler, Erin Siminoff and Aislinn Dunster are overseeing the project for 3000 Pictures, Sony's lit-minded feature label.

Edgar-Jones, repped by UTA and the U.K.'s Hamilton Hodell, will next be seen in Legendary thriller Fresh from producers by Adam McKay and Kevin Messick.