BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 26: Actor Gabriel Basso attends the 12th Annual Teen Vogue Young Hollywood Party with Emporio Armani on September 26, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Teen Vogue)

‘Hillbilly Elegy’ movie: We now know who will play the J.D. Vance role

According to Deadline, Basso will play the role based on Vance, whose memoir is about the Appalachian values of his Kentucky family and their relation to the social problems of his hometown of Middletown, where his mother’s parents moved when they were young.

Basso has acted in nearly two dozen movie and television series including “The Kings of the Summer” in 2013, “Super 8” in 2011 and “The Whole Truth,” in 2016, according to

Howard is producing with Brian Grazer and Karen Lunder for Imagine Entertainment. Julie Oh and Vance are executive producers.

Over the past several months, Howard has been seen around Middletown and has been a regular of sorts at the Triple Moon Coffee Company for coffee and vegetarian sandwiches.

The downtown Middletown business community has been making local videos and posting them to You Tube and Facebook to encourage Howard to film in the city.

Imagine acquired the book at auction in 2017 and Netflix made a deal for a $45 million film in a heated bidding war earlier this year. The book was a bestseller for 74 weeks.