Based on J.D. Vance‘s memoir of the same name, Hillbilly Elegy sees Ron Howard—who has made a career of bringing true stories to the screen—at the helm, from a script by Vanessa Taylor. Starring the likes of Amy Adams, Glenn Close, Haley Bennett, and Gabriel Basso, this one has award bait written all over it.
The gritty family drama will be released November 24 on Netflix. Check out the trailer and an official synopsis below.
J.D. Vance (Gabriel Basso), 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. Fueled by memories of his grandmother Mamaw (Glenn Close), the resilient and whip-smart woman who raised him, J.D. comes to embrace his family’s indelible imprint on his own personal journey.
Based on J.D. Vance’s #1 New York Times Bestseller, directed by Academy Award winner Ron Howard and produced by Academy Award winner Brian Grazer, HILLBILLY ELEGY is a powerful personal memoir that offers a window into one family’s personal journey of survival and triumph. By following three colorful generations through their unique struggles, J.D.’s family story explores the highs and lows that define his family’s experience.