Freida Pinto, Bo Hopkins and Owen Asztalos have rounded out the ensemble of Netflix’s adaptation of Hilbilly 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 Ron.
Imagine Entertainment has been developing the film 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, Freida already has tied to Netflix, having appeared in Andy Serkis’ Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle this past fall. She is also lending her voice to the Disney Junior show Mira, Royal Detective.