Amy Adams has joined the cast of Ron Howard’s adaptation of ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ which will head straight to the streaming giant, Netflix.
Howard will direct from a script adapted by the ‘The Shape of Water’s’ Vanessa Taylor. Howard will also produce alongside Brian Grazer and Karen Lunder.
The story is based on the best selling memoir from J.D. Vance. The film is 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.
In the memoir, Vance focuses on a family history of poverty and low-paying, physical jobs that have since disappeared or worsened in their guarantees, and compares this life with his perspective after leaving that area and life. Alongside his personal history, Vance raises questions such as the responsibility of his family and people for their own misfortune. Vance blames hillbilly culture and its supposed encouragement of social rot.
Adams was last seen in the series ‘Sharp Objects’ as well as opposite Christian Bale as Lynne Cheney on ‘Vice’. Her forthcoming projects include Joe Wright’s ‘The Woman in the Window’ alongside Julianne Moore and Gary Oldman. She is also attached ‘Disenchanted’ in which she reprises her role as Giselle.
Howard’s last feature was ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’, He has since filmed the documentary ‘Pavarotti’. He is also attached to the sci-fi thriller ‘Seveneves’.