Florence Pugh will join the cast of the new netflix limited series East of Eden as Cathy Ames, the anti-heroine of John Steinbeck’s seminal 1952 novel. Deadline (opens in a new tab)also reported that Zoe Kazan will serve as writer and executive producer on the project. Pugh will also co-produce.
East of Eden is set in California’s Salinas Valley, an area known for its ranching and agriculture. The story begins before World War I, but the novel skips the timeline and jumps all the way to the Civil War. East of Eden follows several generations of the Trask and Hamilton families as they navigate trauma, love, betrayal, fate and duty.
Kazan has close personal ties to the project; his grandfather Elia Kazan directed the original film for Warner Bros. in 1955. East of Eden will be Kazan’s first major television writing project, although she is no stranger to writing. She has written screenplays for two feature films, Sparks and Wildlife; 2018 Wildlife was directed by Paul Dano and starred Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan. Kazan is also an actor and will appear in the upcoming 2022 film. She says on the origins of the #MeToo movement.
“I fell in love with East of Eden when I first read it as a teenager,” Kazan said. “Since then, adapting Steinbeck’s novel – its entirety sprawling over three generations – has been my dream. More than anything, I wanted to give full expression to the novel’s stunning and singular anti-heroine, Cathay Ames. Florence Pugh is our dream Cathy; I can’t imagine a more exciting actor to bring this character to life.”
Pugh is widely known for her role as assassin Yelena Belova in the 2021s Black Widow movie and Hawk Eye limited series on Disney Plus. Now that Yelena has been established as the heir apparent to Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), Pugh will no doubt have a busy schedule at Marvel, but that doesn’t stop her from taking on a slew of other projects.
It was recently announced as part of the upcoming Dune: part 2 cast, with Timothee Chalamet and Zendaya. She will also appear in the upcoming Don’t Worry Darling with Harry Styles and Chris Pine, as well as wonderment, A good person and the next of Christopher Nolan Oppenheimerslated for release in July 2023.