Florence Pugh to star in ‘East Of Eden’ Limited Series
EXCLUSIVE: Netflix is developing a limited series adaptation of John Steinbeck’s classic novel East of Eden, with Zoe Kazan writing and exec producing and Florence Pugh attached to star and co-produce.
Sources told Deadline that the streamer landed the package following a competitive bidding war. Anonymous Content and Endeavor Content are co-producing the series as part of a partnership unveiled in March.
The limited series adaptation will explore the novel’s themes of trauma and repair; love and betrayal; duty and free will. The series will sketch an intimate portrait of the Trask family against the backdrop of huge historical forces — or, as Steinbeck put it, “the story of my country and the story of me.”
“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 producers will now look to cast its Trask family as well as find a director to helm the series.
As for Pugh, East of Eden is one of a number of current projects for the Oscar-nominated actress. She can be seen next in Don’t Worry Darling, which was directed by Olivia Wilde and also stars 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, which comes out next July.
Pugh is repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners