Is Hillbilly Elegy based on a true story?

HILLBILLY ELEGY: (L to R) Glenn Close ("Mamaw”), Amy Adams (“Bev”). Photo Cr. Lacey Terrell/NETFLIX © 2020
HILLBILLY ELEGY: (L to R) Glenn Close ("Mamaw”), Amy Adams (“Bev”). Photo Cr. Lacey Terrell/NETFLIX © 2020 /

There are few things that I love more than a well-cast movie, so I’m particularly excited to see Amy Adams and Glenn Close in Hillbilly Elegy. The film is set to premiere on Netflix on November 24 after a limited theater release.

As we’ve previously reported, Netflix’s original movies can only be nominated for Academy Awards if they have a minimum seven-day theatrical release in a Los Angeles theater. Perhaps Netflix thinks that this one will be a big winner during awards season.

I wonder if Hillbilly Elegy will finally earn Amy Adams her first Academy Award win!

As reported by IMDb, the film will also feature Haley Bennett, Freida Pinto, and Bo Hopkins, with Gabriel Basso playing J.D.

Set from J.D.’s point of view, the story will explore the volatile relationship between his mother Bev (Amy Adams) and his grandmother (Glenn Close), who is known as Mawmaw.

If you’re wondering if this upcoming film is based on a true story, then you’ve come to the right place! Here’s what we know about its source material.

Is Hillbilly Elegy based on true events?

As previously reported by People, the film is based on J.D. Vance’s memoir, the full title of which is Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in CrisisThe book explores the Appalachian values of J.D.’s real-life family and how they related to their community in Middletown, Ohio.

In the memoir, J.D. also elaborates on his family’s experiences with poverty, social issues, and abuse.

The film will be rated R for foul language throughout, drug content, and some violence.

You can watch the trailer for the upcoming Netflix release below.

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