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The upcoming Ron Howard-directed film "Hillbilly Elegy" has added another acclaimed actress.

News broke last week that Amy Adams had joined the project, and now Glenn Close is on board, too, Variety reports. The two women have 13 Academy Award nominations between them, and Close is responsible for seven of them. The "Wife" star will play the grandmother in the film's focal family.

The story is based on J. D. Vance's 2016 book, "Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis." Vanessa Taylor ("Shape of Water") adapted the script, and it follows three generations of Vance's family. In spite of their upward mobility and their achievement of certain markers of success, they can't shake struggles with alcoholism, abuse, poverty, and trauma.

The combination of Close, Adams, and Oscar-winner Howard seems likely to be a great one, and there are still more roles left to be cast. Close comes to the film having just won a Golden Globe and a SAG Award for her role in "The Wife." In recent years, she has starred in "Father Figures" and "Crooked Houses," among others, not to mention been active on the stage.

"Hillbilly Elegy" is being executive produced by Vance and Julie Oh. Howard, Brian Glazer, and Karen Lunder are producing via Imagine Entertainment.

[via: Variety]