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Freida Pinto Rounds Out Cast of Ron Howard and Netflix’s ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Freida Pinto Rounds Out Cast of Ron Howard and Netflix’s ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ (Exclusive)
Freida Pinto, Bo Hopkins and Owen Asztalos have rounded out the ensemble of Netflix’s adaptation of “Hillbilly Elegy,” directed by Ron Howard.

Amy Adams, Glenn Close, Haley Bennett and Gabriel Basso are also on board to star.

Based on J.D. Vance’s bestselling memoir, the pic 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.

The Shape of Water” screenwriter Vanessa Taylor adapted the script, with Howard, Brian Grazer and Karen Lunder producing for Imagine Entertainment. Julie Oh and Vance will executive produce.

Imagine has been developing the movie since it acquired the rights in 2017. Netflix boarded the project in January after winning a heated bidding war to finance the $45 million feature.

Best known for her role in “Slumdog Millionaire,” Pinto already has tied to Netflix,
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Jessica Chastain, Ava DuVernay Call Out ‘Game of Thrones’ for Treatment of Women

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Jessica Chastain, Ava DuVernay Call Out ‘Game of Thrones’ for Treatment of Women
Updated: After last Sunday’s episode of “Game of Thrones,” Jessica Chastain criticized the show for using the rape and torture that Sophie Turner’s character, Sansa Stark, endured in previous seasons as the reasons for her strength and cunning.

“Rape is not a tool to make a character stronger. A woman doesn’t need to be victimized in order to become a butterfly. The little bird was always a Phoenix. Her prevailing strength is solely because of her. And her alone,” the actress wrote.

Turner plays the “Dark Phoenix” in Disney-Fox’s upcoming X-Men film, which co-stars Chastain.

Rape is not a tool to make a character stronger. A woman doesn’t need to be victimized in order to become a butterfly. The #littlebird was always a Phoenix. Her prevailing strength is solely because of her. And her alone.#GameOfThrones pic.twitter.com/TVIyt8LYxI

— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain
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Haley Bennett in Talks to Join Amy Adams in Ron Howard’s ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ (Exclusive)

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Haley Bennett in Talks to Join Amy Adams in Ron Howard’s ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ (Exclusive)
The Girl on the Train” star Haley Bennett is in early talks to join Amy Adams and Glenn Close in Netflix’s adaptation of “Hillbilly Elegy,” directed by Ron Howard.

Gabriel Basso is also on board to star.

Based on J.D. Vance’s bestselling memoir, the pic 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.

The Shape of Water” screenwriter Vanessa Taylor adapted the script, with Howard, Brian Grazer and Karen Lunder producing for Imagine Entertainment. Julie Oh and Vance will executive produce.

Imagine has been developing the movie since it acquired the rights in 2017. Netflix boarded the project in January after winning a heated bidding war to finance the $45 million feature.

Bennett most recently wrapped production on Antonio Campos’ thriller “The Devil All the Time,
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Ron Howard-Directed ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ Casts Gabriel Basso in Lead Role

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Ron Howard-Directed ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ Casts Gabriel Basso in Lead Role
Gabriel Basso has been cast as the lead in Ron Howard’s next film, an adaptation of “Hillbilly Elegy.”

Basso joins Academy Award-nominated actors Glenn Close and Amy Adams in the film, which is set up at Netflix.

The film is based on the best-selling memoir by J.D. Vance. In addition to directing, Howard will produce alongside Brian Grazer and Karen Lunder for Imagine Entertainment. Julie Oh and Vance will executive produce.

Hillbilly Elegy” is a modern exploration of the American dream and three generations of an Appalachian family as told by its youngest member, a Yale Law student forced to return to his hometown.

Also Read: Glenn Close Joins Ron Howard's 'Hillbilly Elegy' With Amy Adams

The book chronicles Vance’s life growing up poor in the Rust Belt among the working- class “hillbillies” and charts his family’s struggle as they navigate through drug addiction and social and economic challenges.
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Gabriel Basso Set As Lead Of ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ Opposite Amy Adams, Glenn Close

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Gabriel Basso Set As Lead Of ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ Opposite Amy Adams, Glenn Close
Exclusive: Gabriel Basso has been set by director Ron Howard for the lead role of J.D Wade in Hillbilly Elegy for Netflix. Basso will star opposite Amy Adams and Glenn Close for director Ron Howard.

Basso previously co-starred in J.J. Abrams’s Super 8, Jordan Vogt-Robert’s The Kings of Summer and The Whole Truth opposite Keanu Reeves. Vanessa Taylor (The Shape Of Water) wrote the script based on the acclaimed book by J.D. Vance. It’s a potential star making role for the young actor.

The lead character is based on the author, whose memoir 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.
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Glenn Close and Amy Adams are starring in Ron Howard’s next film, so they could break their Oscar curse together

Glenn Close and Amy Adams are starring in Ron Howard’s next film, so they could break their Oscar curse together
What if Glenn Close and Amy Adams break their Oscar curse with the same movie? It could happen now.

Seven-time nominee Close has joined six-time also-ran Adams in Ron Howard‘s Netflix drama “Hillbilly Elegy,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film is based on J.D. Vance‘s best-selling memoir, “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis,” which chronicles three generations of a dysfunctional Appalachian family pursuing the American dream as told through Vance, the youngest member.

And if you’ve read the book, you know these are some juicy parts for Close and Adams. Adams will play Bev, the mother of J.D. who’s struggling with addiction, while Close will play Mamaw, J.D.’s grandmother and Bev’s mother, a tough, loyal and uncompromising woman who has her own complicated relationship with her husband, Papaw.

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Glenn Close Joins Amy Adams in Ron Howard’s Netflix Movie ‘Hillbilly Elegy’

Fresh off her seventh Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe win for The Wife, Glenn Close has signed on to join Amy Adams in Ron Howard's Netflix drama Hillbilly Elegy, Collider has learned. Oscar-nominated screenwriter Vanessa Taylor (The Shape of Water) is adapting J.D. Vance's bestselling memoir, whicih saw a family crisis force the former Marine-turned-Yale law school student to return to the home in southern Ohio that he tried so hard to forget. While there, he must navigate the complex dynamics of his Appalachian family, including his volatile relationship with his mother Bev (…
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Glenn Close Joins Amy Adams In Ron Howard & Netflix’s ‘Hillbilly Elegy’

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Glenn Close Joins Amy Adams In Ron Howard & Netflix’s ‘Hillbilly Elegy’
Glenn Close has joined Amy Adams in Ron Howard and Netflix’s anticipated Hillbilly Elegy movie.

Vanessa Taylor (The Shape Of Water) has adapted the screenplay based on the acclaimed novel by J.D. Vance. Howard is producing with Brian Grazer and Karen Lunder for Imagine Entertainment. Julie Oh and J.D. Vance are executive producers.

As we revealed earlier this year, Netflix stumped up around $45M for the project in a heated bidding war.

Imagine won the book rights back in 2017. Vance’s memoir, a bestseller for 74 weeks, is an account of growing up in the Rust Belt and 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.
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Glenn Close Joins Ron Howard’s ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ With Amy Adams

Glenn Close Joins Ron Howard’s ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ With Amy Adams
Golden Globe-winning and Oscar-nominated actress Glenn Close is joining the cast of Ron Howard’s “Hillbilly Elegy” at Netflix, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Close will star opposite Amy Adams in the film based on J.D. Vance’s best-selling memoir. “Hillbilly Elegy” is a modern exploration of the American dream and three generations of an Appalachian family as told by its youngest member, a Yale Law student forced to return to his hometown. She took home a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama for her role in “The Wife” earlier this year.

Vanessa Taylor (“The Shape of Water”) will adapt the screenplay based on Vance’s memoir, and Howard is directing.

Also Read: Glenn Close's Dog Pippi Steals the Spotlight as She Accepts Spirit Award (Video)

The book chronicles Vance’s life growing up poor in the Rust Belt among the working class “hillbillies
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Glenn Close Joins Amy Adams in Ron Howard’s ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ for Netflix

  • Variety
Glenn Close Joins Amy Adams in Ron Howard’s ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ for Netflix
On the heels of her Oscar-nominated performance in “The Wife,” Glenn Close has found her follow-up. The actress is set to co-star with Amy Adams in Netflix’s adaptation of “Hillbilly Elegy,” with Ron Howard on board to direct, Variety has learned.

Based on J.D. Vance’s bestselling memoir, the pic 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. Close will play the grandmother of the family.

The Shape of Water” screenwriter Vanessa Taylor adapted the script, with Howard, Brian Grazer, and Karen Lunder producing for Imagine Entertainment. Julie Oh and Vance will executive produce.

Imagine has been developing the movie since 2017, when it acquired the rights. Netflix boarded the project in January after winning a heated bidding war to finance the $45 million feature.

The pic reunites Close with Howard,
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Kate McKinnon to Play Elizabeth Holmes in Hulu Limited Series ‘The Dropout’

  • Variety
Hulu is eyeing a series order for “The Dropout,” a limited series about Elizabeth Holmes, with Kate McKinnon set to play the disgraced tech whiz, Variety has learned.

The prospective show, based on the ABC Radio and ABC News podcast about Holmes, would hail from Fox Searchlight TV, with McKinnon also on board as an executive producer.

The title refers to the fact Holmes dropped out of Stanford to found Theranos, a company which invented the Edison machine, a revolutionary diagnostic tool that promised to give patients a cheap way to test their blood for 200 diseases at their local drug store with just a finger-prick.

However, the machine did not work as Holmes claimed, and her lies allowed her to reap a fortune from investors, and even appear on the front cover of Fortune magazine. Wealthy investors who fell for Holmes’ scheme and poured money into the company include Betsy DuVos and Rupert Murdock.
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Amy Adams to Star in Ron Howard’s ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ For Netflix

Amy Adams to Star in Ron Howard’s ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ For Netflix
Amy Adams is set to star in Ron Howard’s Hillbilly Elegy, a film penned by The Shape of Water scribe Vanessa Taylor that was picked up by Netflix. With Adams in the lead, the entire project just screams Oscar bait, a Best Picture statuette that still eludes Netflix, despite its expensive campaigns. But now with Adams likely […]

The post Amy Adams to Star in Ron Howard’s ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ For Netflix appeared first on /Film.
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Amy Adams joins Netflix's film Hillbilly Elegy

Hollywood actress Amy Adams is set to star in Netflixs adaptation of Hillbilly Elegy, which Ron Howard is on board to direct. The Shape Of Water screenwriter Vanessa Taylor adapted the script. Based on Vance's bestselling memoir, the movie 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, reports variety.com. Netflix boarded the project in January after winning a heated bidding war to finance the $45 million feature.

Adams was seen in the limited series "Sharp Objects", which earned her a Golden Globe nomination. She followed that up with her Oscar-nominated performance as Lynne Cheney in the Dick Cheney biopic Vice.

She will next be seen in the adaptation of the Woman In The Window, which co-stars Julianne Moore and is directed by Joe Wright.?
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Amy Adams Joins Ron Howard's Hillbilly Elegy for Netflix

Amy Adams has joined the cast of Ron Howard’s Netflix film, Hillbilly Elegy. The movie is based on the #1 New York Times Bestselling memoir by J.D. Vance, with a screenplay by Vanessa Taylor, who wrote the screenplay for The Shape of Water. The publisher Harper Collins gave the following synopsis for the novel:

The Vance family story begins hopefully in postwar America. J. D.’s grandparents were “dirt poor and in love,” and moved north from Kentucky’s Appalachia region to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them. They raised a middle-class family, and eventually their grandchild (the author) would graduate from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of their success in achieving generational upward mobility.

But as the family saga of Hillbilly Elegy plays out, we learn that this is only the short, superficial version. Vance’s grandparents, aunt, uncle, sister, and, most of all,
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Amy Adams cast in Ron Howard’s Netflix feature ‘Hillbilly Elegy’

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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.

Also in news – David Harbour joins the cast of ‘Black Widow’; Rachel Weisz could also jump aboard

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,
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Amy Adams Joins Ron Howard’s Netflix Film ‘Hillbilly Elegy’

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Amy Adams Joins Ron Howard’s Netflix Film ‘Hillbilly Elegy’
Amy Adams has signed on to star in the Ron Howard-directed Hillbilly Elegy, the high budget adaption to J.D. Vance’s bestselling memoir from Netflix. It’s a modern exploration of the American Dream and three generations of an Appalachian family as told by its youngest member, a Yale Law student forced to return to his hometown. The Shape Of Water co-writer Vanessa Taylor penned the script. Howard is producing the project with his Imagine Entertainment partner Brian Grazer and the company’s Karen Lunder. Julie Oh is the exec producer. This news was first seen on variety.
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Amy Adams Joins Ron Howard’s ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ at Netflix

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Amy Adams Joins Ron Howard’s ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ at Netflix
Amy Adams is set to star in Ron Howard’s adaptation of the best-selling memoir “Hillbilly Elegy” set up at Netflix.

Written by J.D. Vance, “Hillbilly Elegy” is a modern exploration of the American dream and three generations of an Appalachian family as told by its youngest member, a Yale Law student forced to return to his hometown.

The book chronicles Vance’s life growing up poor in the Rust Belt among the working class “hillbillies” and charts his family’s struggle as they navigate through drug addiction and social and economic challenges. Supported by his larger-than-life grandmother, Vance developed an appreciation for education that laid the foundation for him to rise out of poverty and its cultural restraints.

Also Read: Netflix to Finance 'Hillbilly Elegy' With Director Ron Howard

Hillbilly Elegy” topped the New York Times best-seller list upon its release in August 2016 and then again in
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Amy Adams to Star in Ron Howard’s ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ at Netflix (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Amy Adams to Star in Ron Howard’s ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ at Netflix (Exclusive)
Amy Adams is set to star in Netflix’s adaptation of “Hillbilly Elegy,” which Ron Howard is on board to direct, Variety has learned.

“Shape of Water” screenwriter Vanessa Taylor adapted the script, with Howard, Brian Grazer, and Karen Lunder producing for Imagine Entertainment. Julie Oh and J.D. Vance will exec produce.

Based on Vance’s bestselling memoir, the pic 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.

Imagine has been developing the movie since 2017 when it acquired the rights. Netflix boarded the project in January after winning a heated bidding war to finance the $45 million feature.

Adams had a busy 2018, starting with her role in the HBO limited series “Sharp Objects,” which earned her a Golden Globe nomination. She followed that up with her Oscar-nominated
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Amy Adams to Star in 'Hillbilly Elegy' for Ron Howard

Amy Adams to Star in 'Hillbilly Elegy' for Ron Howard
Amy Adams will star in the adaptation of Hillbilly Elegy from director Ron Howard.

The Netflix project is based on the book Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance. The memoir is a modern exploration of the American dream and three generations of an Appalachian family as told by its youngest member.

Along with the author, characters in the story include his grandparents, aunt, uncle, sister and his mother, following them as they navigate legacies of alcoholism, poverty and trauma.  

The Shape of Water co-writer Vanessa Taylor adapted the book for the ...
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Karen Lunder Promoted To Imagine Features President

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Karen Lunder Promoted To Imagine Features President
Exclusive: Imagine Entertainment Chairmen Brian Grazer and Ron Howard have promoted Karen Lunder to be President of Imagine Features. Under her new position, Lunder will continue to oversee the company’s feature film production and development. She joined Imagine as a film exec in 2017.

Lunder is currently overseeing Hillbilly Elegy, an adaptation of the J.D. Vance bestseller that Vanessa Taylor adapted and for Howard to direct. Hillbilly Elegy sold to Netflix in a competitive auction earlier this year and it is heading into production this summer. Lunder produces alongside Grazer and Howard. It is the first of a slate of projects that Imagine is developing in-house under its independent model.

Lunder has been at the forefront of building a diverse slate of films in-house, overseeing the joint venture with Animal Logic for animated and hybrid films while also growing the company’s pipeline of studio live action films. Priority projects
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