Florence Pugh breathes new life into another classic novel: The Little woman the star is set to headline Netflix’s adaptation of East of Edenour sister site reports Deadline.
The limited series, currently in development at the streamer, will be written and executive produced by actress/screenwriter Zoe Kazan. (His grandfather Elia Kazan directed the original version of the 1955 film.) Based on John Steinbeck’s novel, East of Eden follows several generations of the Trask family – and the film version gave young James Dean his first big screen role. Pugh will play Cathy Ames, the role played by Jo Van Fleet in the film.
“I fell in love with East of Eden when I first read it, as a teenager,” Zoe Kazan said in a statement. “Since then, adapting Steinbeck’s novel – the great sprawling entirety of it spanning three generations – has been my dream. More than anything, I wanted to give full expression to the novel’s astonishing and singular anti-heroine , Cathy Ames. Florence Pugh is our dream Cathy; I can’t imagine a more exciting actor to bring this character to life.
Pugh is best known to Marvel fans as sister Yelena Belova in the past year. Black Widowa role she reprized in the Disney+ series Hawk Eye. His other film credits include Midsommar and Little woman, which earned Pugh an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She also starred with Alexander Skarsgard in the AMC spy thriller The little thresher girl.