Delia Owens’ New York Times bestseller Where the Crawdads Sing is getting its hotly anticipated film adaptation thanks to producer Reese Witherspoon and director Olivia Newman (First Match). The story follows the journey of a young woman (Daisy Edgar-Jones, Normal People) who raised herself in the Deep American South and then becomes a murder suspect after she integrates into a society that doesn’t understand or particularly like this “marsh girl.”
That all sounds plenty good on its own, but when you add on a brand new song from Taylor Swift, the trailer becomes catnip to one of the history’s most formidable fandoms. The song is called “Carolina” and was produced by Swift’s increasingly frequent collaborator Aaron Dessner, of the National.
“Where The Crawdads Sing is a book I got absolutely lost in when I read it years ago,” Taylor Swift wrote on Instagram. “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.” No word on when we’ll get the full song but it’ll probably be inescapable when we do.
Get used to Edgar-Jones, whose Normal People work has kicked off a very hot career. You can see her opposite Sebastian Stan in Fresh right now and she’ll soon be working with Andrew Garfield in FX’s upcoming Under the Banner of Heaven.