Florence Pugh to star in Zoe Kazan’s series adaptation of ‘East of Eden’ for Netflix. The series explores themes of trauma and repair; love and betrayal; duty and free will against the backdrop of huge historical forces. Zoe Kazan will be writing and executive producing.
“I fell in love with East of Eden when I first read it, in my teens. Since then, adapting Steinbeck’s novel — the great, sprawling, three-generational entirety of it — has been my dream. More than anything, I have wanted to give full expression to the novel’s astonishing, singular antiheroine, Cathy Ames,” Kazan said. “Florence Pugh is our dream Cathy; I can’t imagine a more thrilling actor to bring this character to life. Writing this limited series over the last two years has been the creative highpoint of my life. I hope that with our partners at Netflix, Anonymous Content, and Endeavor Content, we can do justice to this material — and shed new light on it for a 21st-century audience.”
The novel was already adapted as a film in 1955 with Zoe’s grandfather, Elia Kazan, directing for Warner Bros. The film was also notable for being James Dean’s first major screen role.
Pugh is busy this year, she will next appear in Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry Darling alongside Harry Styles and Chris Pine. She also has The Wonder for Netflix; A Good Person, which bows next spring; and Christopher Nolan’s next pic Oppenheimer.
A thriller – ‘Don’t Worry Darling’
A period drama – ‘The Wonder’
An uplifting drama – ‘A Good Person’
Christopher Nolan’s ‘Oppenheimer’
Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Dune – Part 2’
A prestige Netflix series – ‘East of Eden’
A murder mystery – ‘The Maid’