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Netflix has released the first trailer for the Ron Howard-directed addiction drama Hillbilly Elegy.
Starring Amy Adams and Glenn Close, Vanessa Taylor’s adaptation of the bestselling memoir by J.D. Vance follows one woman’s journey with opioid addiction and its impact on the lives of her son and mother, played by Close. When a family crisis arises just as he’s earned an interview for his dream job, Yale Law student J.D. Vance (Gabriel Basso) struggles with his decision to go back to his Appalachian home in Southern Ohio.
Returning to a situation he’s largely tried to forget, the decision is largely complicated for the former Marine by his mother, Bev, an opioid addict who had him when she was still a teen, and with whom he has a volatile relationship. With a childhood fraught with his mother’s public and private ups and downs, J.D. often turned to his loving and whip-smart Mawmaw (Close) who stepped in to care for him while struggling to care for his mother.
“I thought your mama was gonna be alright. Be happy,” Close tells a young J.D. (Owen Asztalos) in the trailer. “I know I coulda done better. But you, you gotta decide. Do you want to be somebody or not?”
As all of the memories from his past resurface and he finds himself now dealing directly with his mother’s mental health and addictions, J.D. begins to see and embrace how generations of trauma and resilience can define a whole family and a person.
With music by Hans Zimmer and David Fleming, Hillbilly Elegy also stars Haley Bennett, Freida Pinto, Bo Hopkins and Owen Asztalos. The film is executive produced by Diana Pokorny, Julie Oh, William M. Connor, J.D. Vance and produced by Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Karen Lunder.
Hillbilly Elegy is will hit select theaters in November before becoming available to stream on Netflix Nov. 24.
Watch the trailer below.
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