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Ron Howard Reveals Preview For 'Hillbilly Elegy'

The Netflix film is an early Oscar contender.

Hillbilly Elegy
'Hillbilly Elegy' [Netflix]

Academy Award winning director Ron Howard (Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, The Da Vinci Code) has revealed the first look at his forthcoming film Hillbilly Elegy. The Netflix film, produced by Oscar winner Brian Grazer, is based on the No.1 New York Times best-seller of the same name by J.D. Vance. Stream the official clip below.

Hillbilly Elegy arrives in theaters this November, and will start streaming on Netflix November 24.

"This has been an extraordinary and personal filmmaking experience," said direct Ron Howard. "Amazing performances in front of the camera and wonderful work in all departments."

The film stars Emmy and Golden Globe winner Glenn Close (Fatal Attraction, 101 Dalmations, Air Force One) and Golden Globe winner Amy Adams (The Figher, Superman, HBO's Sharp Objects). The two talents have combined 13 Oscar nominations in their careers.

In the film, 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.

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.

- Matt Bishop


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