Netflix’s “Hillbilly Elegy” added another high-profile actor to the cast this week, confirming that seven-time Academy Award Nominee and Golden Globe Winner Glenn Close is joining the project. Amy Adams is also starring in the film, a six-time Academy Award Nominee and Golden Globe Winner herself.
Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Frost/Nixon, Apollo 13) is directing the project for Netflix, working from a screenplay by Vanessa Taylor (The Shape of Water) based on the novel by J.D. Vance.
The film serves as a reunion for Close and Howard, who previously directed her “The Paper” as well in a PSA for Bring Change To Mind, Close’s nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging dialogue about mental health.
Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, and Karen Lunder are serving as producers, with Julie Oh and J.D. Vance serving as executive producers.
Netflix describes the story adding, “J.D. Vance, a former Marine from southern Ohio and current Yale Law student, is on the verge of landing his dream job when a family crisis forces him to return to the home he’s tried to forget. J.D. must navigate the complex dynamics of his Appalachian family, including his volatile relationship with his mother Bev (Amy Adams), who’s struggling with addiction.” Netflix continued, “Fueled by memories of his grandmother Mamaw (Glenn Close), the resilient and whip-smart woman who raised him, J.D. comes to realize that to achieve his dreams, he must embrace his roots.”
As we mentioned earlier, the film is based on J.D. Vance’s number-one New York Times Bestseller which can be found right here on Amazon.
As for Adams, she recently appeared in Adam McKay’s “Vice” with Christian Bale and Steve Carell. Adams played the role of Lynne Cheney, a role that earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Adams was also nominated for the same category at the BAFTAs, Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild Awards, and Critics Choice Awards.
Adams will appear in the mystery drama “The Woman in the Window” from director Joe Wright later this year. That adaptation is scheduled to release in October and also stars Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman, Brian Tyree Henry, and Anthony Mackie.
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