Florence Pugh is set to star in a limited series adaptation of John Steinbeck's East of Eden on Netflix. Zoe Kazan (The Plot Against America) will write and executive produce the series.
East of Eden was previously adapted into a 1955 film directed by Kazan's grandfather, Elia Kazan, and starring James Dean in his first major screen role.
“I fell in love with "East of Eden" when I first read it, in my teens," said Kazan in a statement. "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. 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."
Steinbeck's novel follows the story of the Trask family in Salinas, California at the beginning of the 20th century. The story draws on themes of love, betrayal, free will, and more. The novel also draws heavily from from Genesis, specifically the story of Cain and Abel.
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