Hollywood star Reese Witherspoon is adapting another best-selling book but this time it is for the big screen. 

Witherspoon, who was most recently starred in Little Fires Everywhere opposite Kerry Washington, has acquired the rights to develop Delia Owen's murder mystery Where The Crawdads Sing.

The 2018 international best-seller tells the story of Kya, young woman who was forced to raise herself alone on the North Carolina marshes when her family abandoned her. Now a successful author, Kya is accused of murdering her former boyfriend, a beloved member of the town she now lives in.

It's no secret that Witherspoon is a fan of the book, with the Oscar-winning actress recommending it to her book club just weeks after it had been released. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie will be "both a crime thriller and a coming-of-age tale that intertwines two timelines."

Olivia Newman (First Match) is on board to direct, while Oscar-winning Beasts of the Southern Wild writer Lucy Alibar will pen the script. Witherspoon will produce alongside her Hello Sunshine partner Lauren Neustadter.

The 44-year-old Legally Blonde star has, in recent years, adapted several successful titles including Little Fires Everywhere, Big Little Lies, The Morning Show, Wild and Gone Girl. 

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