‘Hillbilly Elegy’ on Netflix: What We Know So Far

Ron Howard at DGA and Hillbilly Elegy book cover

Netflix is adapting the best selling book from 2016 called Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance and has recruited Ron Howard to direct it. Here’s everything we know about Hillbilly Elegy including when it’ll release on Netflix, who’s starring, where it’s being filmed and what it’s about. 

The movie was first announced back in April 2017 but Netflix only managed to secure the global streaming rights to the movie in January 2019.


What’s the book/movie Hillbilly Elegy about?

The crux of the movie is telling the story of the average American living in the rust-belt. It released during the 2016 election campaign and is considered to be one of the most influential books in recent years.

J.D. Vance, author of the book “Hillbilly Elegy, Photo by Astrid Riecken For The Washington Post via Getty Images

Here’s the official synopsis from Netflix about the film:

A Yale law student drawn back to his hometown grapples with family history, Appalachian values and the American dream. Based on the best-selling memoir.


Where is Hillbilly Elegy being filmed?

Pre-production of the movie began back in January 2019 but filming didn’t take place until June 2nd, 2019.

Filming is being split between Atlanta, Georgia and also has filmed segments in Middleton, Ohio where the book is originally set. Filming in Middleton, Ohio began on August 5th, 2019 and is set to last for a few days. More details and set pictures can be found on WVXU.

There are plenty more pictures you can find of the set on social media and local media also covering the movie being filmed in Georgia and Ohio.

Filming of the movie concluded on August 10th, 2019 and entered post-production.


Who’s starring in Hillbilly Elegy on Netflix?

Haley Bennett has been lined up for the role of Lindsay. She’s previously appeared in The Magnificent Seven and more recently featured in The Red Sea Diving Resort.

Amy Adams who has appeared in huge movies like Arrival and more recently appeared in HBO’s Sharp Objects will play the role of Bev.

Glenn Close, Freida Pinto, Sunny Mabrey, Gabriel Basso, and Bo Hopkins round out the rest of the main cast members.

According to IMDb, between the main cast members, there are a combined 13 Oscar nominations but no wins

Cast grid for Hillbilly Elegy at Netflix

One of the most recent casting announcements came in early August when it was announced that Stephen Kunken had joined the cast who features in The Handmaid’s Tale and Billions.


When will Hillbilly Elegy be on Netflix?

It’s going be a while before Hillbilly Elegy drops on Netflix with only a broad 2020 release date announced so far. Our best guess is given the filming schedule is that we’ll see it in the first two quarters of 2020 which means sometime between January and June 2020.

We’ll keep you up-to-date with any further developments of Hillbilly Elegy right here at what’s on Netflix but you can also get notifications from Netflix themselves by adding the title to your list.