Hillbilly Elegy (film)

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Hillbilly Elegy
Directed byRon Howard
Produced by
Screenplay byVanessa Taylor
Based onHillbilly Elegy
by J. D. Vance
CinematographyMaryse Alberti
Edited byJames Wilcox
Distributed byNetflix

Hillbilly Elegy is an upcoming film directed by Ron Howard and based on the memoir of the same name by J. D. Vance.



Imagine Entertainment won the rights to the novel in an April 2017 auction for Ron Howard to direct.[1] In February 2018, Vanessa Taylor was set to adapt the novel into a screenplay.[2] In October 2018 and March 2019, Howard was spotted in Middletown, Ohio scouting filming locations.[3][4]

In January 2019, Netflix won the rights to the film after bidding $45 million on the project.[5] Amy Adams, Glenn Close, Gabriel Basso and Haley Bennett joined the cast in April.[6][7][8][9] In June 2019, Freida Pinto, Tom Fetner, Bo Hopkins and Owen Asztalos joined the cast.[10]

Filming began in June 2019 in Georgia.[11] Although a few days of filming were also planned for the book's setting of Middletown, Ohio,[12] much of the filming will be in Atlanta, Clayton, Georgia and Macon, Georgia, using the production code-name "IVAN".[13][14]


  1. ^ Imagine Lands J.D. Vance’s Rust Belt Memoir ‘Hillbilly Elegy;’ Ron Howard To Direct Film
  2. ^ Oscar-Nominated ‘Shape Of Water’ Co-Writer Vanessa Taylor Set To Adapt ‘Hillbilly Elegy’
  3. ^ Ron Howard Scouts Middletown For 'Hillbilly Elegy' Movie
  4. ^ Ron Howard is back in Middletown, the setting of upcoming 'Hillbilly Elegy' adaptation
  5. ^ Netflix Swoops On Ron Howard’s Film Version Of ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ In Whopping $45M Deal
  6. ^ Amy Adams to Star in Ron Howard’s ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ at Netflix (EXCLUSIVE)
  7. ^ Glenn Close Joins Amy Adams in Ron Howard's 'Hillbilly Elegy'
  8. ^ Gabriel Basso Set As Lead Of ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ Opposite Amy Adams, Glenn Close
  9. ^ Haley Bennett in Talks to Join Amy Adams in Ron Howard’s ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ (EXCLUSIVE)
  10. ^ Freida Pinto Rounds Out Cast of Ron Howard and Netflix’s ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ (EXCLUSIVE)
  11. ^ Netflix Drama ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ Starring Amy Adams and Directed By ‘Solo’s Ron Howard Adds ‘New Mutants’ Production Designer Molly Hughes – Begins Shooting Next Month In Atlanta
  12. ^ Kiesewetter, John (June 3, 2019). "Glenn Close, Amy Adams, Visit Middletown For 'Hillbilly Elegy' Meeting". WVXU Cincinnati Public Radio. Archived from the original on June 7, 2019.
  13. ^ Walljasper, Matt (June 27, 2019). "What's filming in Atlanta now? Lovecraft Country, The Conjuring 3, Waldo, Hillbilly Elegy, and more". Atlanta Magazine. Archived from the original on June 28, 2019. Retrieved July 5, 2019.
  14. ^ Chandler, Tom (July 3, 2019). "Netflix to begin filming movie 'Ivan' in Macon". The Georgia Sun. Archived from the original on July 5, 2019. Retrieved July 5, 2019.

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