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Glenn Close joins Amy Adams in Ron Howard's Hillbilly Elegy

Damages, Season 2

Story by Jack Foley

OSCAR-nominated actress Glenn Close is to co-star with Amy Adams in Ron Howard’s adaptation of Hillbilly Elegy for Netflix.

Based on J.D. Vance’s best-selling memoir, the drama is described as a modern exploration of the American dream and follows three generations of an Appalachian family as told by its youngest member, a Yale law student forced to return to his hometown.

According to Variety, Close will play the grandmother of the family.

Vanessa Taylor, of The Shape of Water fame, has adapted the script, with Howard, Brian Grazer and Karen Lunder producing.

Imagine has been developing the movie since 2017, when it acquired the rights, and Netflix then boarded the project in January after winning a bidding war to finance the feature.

It is anticipated that Hillbilly Elegy will get a brief cinematic release ahead of its launch on Netlfix, with a view to perhaps making it an awards contender (given the heavyweight nature of its cast).

Close comes to the film off the back of some of the best reviews of her career for her performance in The Wife, for which she was Oscar nominated. She has previously worked with Howard on his film The Paper, alongside Michael Keaton, as well as in a PSA for Bring Change To Mind, Close’s non-profit organisation dedicated to encouraging dialogue about mental health.