The adaptation of the popular memoir Hillbilly Elegy just added another acclaimed actor to its roster. Variety reported that Glenn Close, who most recently won several awards and was nominated for an Oscar for her film The Wife, has just been announced to star in the upcoming adaptation. It is currently unknown what role she will play.
The popular memoir, released in 2016, details the upbringing of author J.D. Vance and his working class roots in both Kentucky and Ohio. From his difficult childhood dealing with abusive grandparents to his time at Yale Law School, Vance looks at the economic anxiety that has plagued him and many others over the years and offers sharp critiques on those who lack personal responsibility and work ethic.
When the book was released, critics were divided on its approach to economic issues, with some feeling that the generalizations about certain groups of people weren’t warranted. Nevertheless, the book was acclaimed upon release. It became an important piece of literature during the 2016 election, with many pointing to it as an explanation for the surprising election results.
Amy Adams will star in Netflix’s adaptation of Hillbilly Elegy, J. D. Vance’s dark memoir of decline in Appalachia. Topping the New York Times Best Seller List in August 2016 and January 2017, many critics felt that Vance’s harrowing depiction of addiction, poverty, and lean opportunity captured the voice of the ever-elusive ‘Middle America.’ The memoir was as polarizing as it was popular, provocative not necessarily for its content alone but also for its broader cultural context and political implications.
Details about the film have been steadily emerging: the upcoming Netflix title will be directed by Ron Howard. Thus far, Adams is the first official cast member. The Shape of Water screenwriter Vanessa Taylor, an Academy Award nominee, will write the film’s script. Unlike many writers who prefer to distance themselves from adaptations of their work, J.D. Vance himself is executive producing alongside Julie Oh.
The highly-anticipated release came at a high cost: Netflix shelled out $45 million in an intense bidding war. What was all that money for, you might ask? Check out the memoir below:
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From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class
Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.
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, his mother, struggled profoundly with the demands of their new middle-class life, and were never able to fully escape the legacy of abuse, alcoholism, poverty, and trauma so characteristic of their part of America. Vance piercingly shows how he himself still carries around the demons of their chaotic family history.
A deeply moving memoir with its share of humor and vividly colorful figures, Hillbilly Elegy is the story of how upward mobility really feels. And it is an urgent and troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large segment of this country.
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Recently, she portrayed Camille Preaker in the adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s novel Sharp Objects.
But Amy Adams isn’t just an amazing actress. She’s at HBO, and she’s going to get things done. She teamed up with her manager, Stacy O’Neil, to found the production company Bond Group Entertainment, closing an exclusive deal with HBO for the creation of several news TV shows. Their first project is a limited series adaptation of Barbara Kingsolver’s novel The Poisonwood Bible.
Called “remarkable not just for its story but also for its narrative form” by The Guardian and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, The Poisonwood Bible is a 1998 novel written by Barbara Kingsolver – the author with the coolest last name – and follows a missionary family who in 1959 move from Georgia to the Belgian Congo.
Variety confirms that the Poisonwood Bible is in the works with Adams and O’Neil serving as executive produce the limited series and – guess whose writing the screenplay?
Anya Epstein and Kingsolver – the author herself! Here’s to hoping HBO makes this stunning novel in a wondrous TV series.
If you have been watching HBO ’s intense crime drama Sharp Objects or have read the Gillian Flynn novel on which it is based, then you’ve probably ploughed through her other books, Gone Girland Dark Placesand are probably craving more dark, gritty family dramas. If our predictions are correct, you might just like these five!
The novel centers on Christine, a woman with anterograde amnesia which means that she wakes up every day not knowing who she is. The story follows her as she tries to reassemble her memories from her video diary that her doctor recommended keeping. She learns that her mysterious husband, Ben has been trying to restore the pieces of Christine as well and she is unsure if she can trust her husband and more importantly if she can trust herself.
Written by Krysten Ritter, star of Netflix’s Jessica Jones, Bonfire is a mystery suspense thriller. The novel tells the story of Abby Williams, an environmental lawyer in Chicago that must go back home to Indiana to investigate a case regarding her town’s most high-profile company, Optimal Plastics. She starts to find weird connections between the company and a decade-old scandal involving a popular girl named Kaycee Mitchell and her close friends just before Kaycee’s disappearance. Past memories are revealed and Abby starts to doubt what she sees and discovers a secret and dangerous ritual called “The Game” that threatens reputations and Abby’s life as well.
This story centers on a woman named Ava who moves to Paris to escape issues with her family in upstate New York. These issues include a failing family vineyard, an absent father, a mother facing dementia and a capricious sister. However, after she learns of the death of her twin sister Zelda, Ava must return home. She had always known that Zelda has a tendency for tricks and Ava can’t shake the feeling that Zelda is still alive. Once she begins to discover an enigmatic set of clues it only enhances her suspicions that her sister is still alive.
Lydia Fitzsimons’ life seems perfect. Her husband Andrew is a respected judge and they live with their adored only son Laurence in a comfortable and spacious house where Lydia was raised. However, her life takes a dark turn when her husband commits a terrible crime and her son Laurence begins to suspect something is wrong…
Similar to Sharp Objects’ Camille Preaker, this novel’s main character, Fiona Sheridan, is a journalist with a dark and broken past and she returns to Idlewild Hall, her dead sister’s boarding school where she was murdered twenty years ago. Although her sister’s boyfriend was convicted for her murder Fiona feels that there is something missing. When Fiona finds out that an unknown benefactor plans to restore the school she decides to write a story about it. However, a surprising discovery during the school’s renovations will reveal more about the death of her sister that was meant to be hidden and long forgotten.
HBO released a new trailer for it’s new show Sharp Objects based off the 2006 novel by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn.
The shows stars Amy Adams as Camille, a crime reporter who after a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital must return to her small hometown in Missouri to cover the murder of two preteen girls. However, when forced to reconnect with her mother Adora played by Patricia Clarkson, Camille must confront her past psychological demons to get her story. Unfortunately, in her effort to uncover the truth she runs into an extremely dangerous situation.
The limited series was developed by Marti Nixon (UnREAL, Dietland), produced Jason Blum (Get Out) and directed by Jean-Marc Vallee (Big Little Lies,Wild). The series contains eight episodes and will premiere Sunday, July 8th at 9 p.m. on HBO.