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.
Based on J.D. Vance’s #1 New York Times Bestseller and directed by Academy Award winner Ron Howard, 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.
Directed by Ron Howard
Executive Producers Diana Pokorny, Julie Oh, William M. Connor, J.D. Vance
Produced by Brian Grazer, pga; Ron Howard, pga; Karen Lunder, pga
Based on the Book by J.D. Vance
Written by Vanessa Taylor
Casting by Carmen Cuba
Music Supervisor Joe Rudge
Music by Hans Zimmer & David Fleming
Costume Designer Virginia B. Johnson
Edited by James D. Wilcox, ACE
Production Designer Molly Hughes
Director of Photography Maryse Alberti
Starring Amy Adams, Glenn Close, Gabriel Basso, Haley Bennett, Freida Pinto, Bo Hopkins and Owen Asztalos