The massive bestseller “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis” is finally coming to the big screen (well, actually, any screen…) thanks to the efforts of director Ron Howard, who has been attached for over two years to the film. But now, progress is being made, as the director has brought on two of the best actors working today, Amy Adams and Glenn Close, to star in the film.
Deadline is reporting that Close joins Adams in the upcoming adaptation of the memoir “Hillbilly Elegy,” directed by Ron Howard and written by Vanessa Taylor, who was nominated for an Oscar for her most recent script, “The Shape of Water.” The film tells the story of author J.D. Vance, who grew up surrounded by poverty and “hillbillies.” He documented his family’s struggle, and the community’s at large, due to drugs, crime, and economic challenges.
The streaming service won a huge bidding war for the project, reportedly putting down $45 million to buy the rights to the film. ‘Elegy’ joins a long list of high-profile films being developed by Netflix that would normally be easy Oscar contenders, but with the current state of the industry, who knows what will happen?