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Amy Adams, Glenn Close, Gabriel Basso to star in Duncan native Ron Howard's 'Hillbilly Elegy'

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Amy Adams appears on "Sunday Today with Willie Geist" Feb. 3, 2019.[Photo by Mike Smith/NBC]
Amy Adams appears on "Sunday Today with Willie Geist" Feb. 3, 2019.[Photo by Mike Smith/NBC]

The cast is starting to take fine shape for Duncan-born filmmaker Ron Howard's adaptation of "Hillbilly Elegy." 

As previously reported, the Oscar-winning moviemaker is directing the screen adaptation of J.D. Vance's acclaimed best-selling book "Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis," for Netflix.

The project, which could get a theatrical run like "Roma" along with its streaming release, could well bring more acclaim for six-time Academy Award nominee Amy Adams ("Arrival," "American Hustle") and seven-time Oscar nominee Glenn Close ("The Wife," "Fatal Attraction"), who have been cast in the eagerly anticipated adaptation. 

According to Deadline Hollywood, "Hillbilly Elegy" also could be a star-making turn for Gabriel Basso, who will play the lead character, which is based on the author. Vance's memoir, which as a best-seller for 74 weeks, is about the Appalachian values of his Kentucky family and their relation to the social problems of his hometown of Middletown, Ohio, where his mother’s parents moved when they were young. It’s an analysis of the poor white underclass, of growing up in the Rust Belt and of race and privilege in America. Raised poor among working-class “hillbillies,” the author explored his childhood and family struggles as they navigate drug addiction as well as social and economic challenges. Supported by his larger-than-life grandmother, he developed a deep appreciation for education that laid the foundation for him to rise out of poverty and its cultural restraints. The author eventually joined the Marines and became a Yale Law School grad.

Basso, 24, previously starred in J.J. Abrams’s "Super 8" (2011), Jordan Vogt-Robert’s "The Kings of Summer" (2013) and Courtney Hunt's "The Whole Truth" (2016), opposite Keanu Reeves. 

"The Shape of Water" co-writer Vanessa Taylor, who is also a writer and co-producer on "Game of Thrones," is penning the script. Howard is directing and producing "Hillbilly Elegy" with his Imagine Entertainment partner Brian Grazer and the company’s Karen Lunder. Julie Oh is executive producer. 

-BAM 




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Amy Adams appears on "Sunday Today with Willie Geist" Feb. 3, 2019.[Photo by Mike Smith/NBC]

Amy Adams appears on "Sunday Today with Willie Geist" Feb. 3, 2019.[Photo by Mike Smith/NBC]

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1... Read more ›

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