Ron Howard seen in Middletown scouting possible filming locations for ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ movie

In April, the Middletown community asked director Ron Howard to film his upcoming movie version of the book “Hilbilly Elegy” in and around the city.

While plenty of events are happening downtown and in neighborhoods Saturday afternoon, Howard was standing with a crew in the middle of a tree-lined Middletown street looking at houses. A private bus used for transportation was parked a few blocks away.

A Middletown police sergeant kept onlookers at a distance, but plenty of residents were snapping photos.

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Howard is directing the film adaptation of “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis” that was written by J.D. Vance about growing up in Middletown and in Jackson, Ky. The memoir was a bestseller released in 2016.

The Middletown Visitors Bureau sent the Academy Award-winning director a video touting Middletown.

Howard has visited Middletown in the past few months as part of his preparations to direct and produce the $45 million Netflix movie. In March, Howard stopped by Triple Moon and donned a hat and posed for photos with employees.

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