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Florence Pugh and Zoe Kazan are teaming on East of Eden limited series for Netflix
Pugh is set to star and Kazan is writing and executive producing a Netflix limited series based on John Steinbeck's classic 1952 novel. Zoe Kazan's grandfather, Elia Kazan, directed and produced the 1955 film adaptation of East of Eden, which marked James Dean's first major film role. According to Deadline, "the limited series adaptation of Steinbeck’s epic novel will explore 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.'" Zoe Kazan, who previously wrote or co-wrote the films Ruby Sparks and Wildlife, makes her TV-writing debut with East of Eden. Kazan is returning to Netflix after starring in last year’s drama series Clickbait. “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," says Kazan. "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."