Ron Howard’s Hillbilly Elegy casts Glenn Close as family matriarch
Glenn Close is the next A-lister to join Ron Howard’s Hillbilly Elegy. Per The Hollywood Reporter, the seven-time Oscar nominee will play the family matriarch in the Netflix feature film adaptation of J.D. Vance’s memoir Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis.
Vance’s memoir centers on growing up in the Rust Belt and is a personal analysis of the white underclass, race, and privilege in America. Vance, raised poor among working-class “hillbillies,” explores his childhood and family struggles as they navigate drug addiction and 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 movie adaptation has become a passion project for Howard, who will direct. Vanessa Taylor (The Shape of Water, Game of Thrones) will pen the screenplay. Howard will also produce alongside his Imagine Entertainment partner Brian Grazer and Karen Lunder. Julie Oh will serve as executive producer.
Netflix acquired the project after outbidding competitors to the tune of $45 million.
Hillbilly Elegy will likely begin production later this year. Howard is currently wrapping up production on the documentary Pavarotti, which takes a look at the life and work of opera legend Luciano Pavarotti. Close was last seen in The Wife, which earned her her seventh Academy Award nomination, though she lost to Olivia Colman in The Favourite.