Based on the iconic novel of the same name by John Steinbeck, Netflix has a new limited series in the works, starring Florence Pugh (Midsommar, little women) will star as Cathy Ames in the upcoming East of Eden. Producer and actor Zoe Kazan (Ruby Sparks, the sick man) will be at the helm, executive producer of the show. And it’s come full circle for Kazan, because his grandfather, Elia Kazan, led the East of Eden 1955 film adaptation for Warner Bros. Like grandfather, like granddaughter? It’s really family.
“I fell in love with East of Eden when I first read it in my teens,” Kazan explained to Deadline. “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.
Alongside the 1955 film, which was nominated for four Oscars, this isn’t the novel’s first serial adaptation. ABC launched a East of Eden mini-series in 1981, directed by Richard Alan Shapiro. Here’s everything you need to know about Netflix so far East of Eden.
East of Eden Ground
At Steinbeck’s East of Eden book, published in 1952, the plot has a colossal timeline, spanning from the Civil War to the end of World War I. It is set in California’s Salinas Valley and follows the Irish immigrant family, the Hamiltons, and the Trask family – led by wealthy Adam Trask – as they cross paths. The novel ultimately focuses on the Trasks, specifically the scandal involving Adam, his wife Cathy, and their sons, Cal and Aron.
By VarietyKazan will adapt only part of the East of Eden story, cutting the last bit, when Cal and Aron are teenagers. Trauma, healing, love, betrayal, duty, and free will themes are all placed in the context of “historical forces,” they say.
East of Eden Cast
Only the lead role of Florence Pugh has been announced so far. According Deadline“Producers will now seek to launch [the] Trask family” and “find a director to direct the series”. So, be sure to check for cast updates, release date, and trailers.
When casting Pugh, Kazan said that Pugh was “our dream Cathy; I can’t imagine a more exciting actor to bring this character to life. Writing this limited series over the past two years has been the creative highlight of my life.
The 1955 East of Eden The film gave James Dean his first leading role as Cal, and Julie Jo Van Fleet won Best Supporting Actress as Cathy.
East of Eden Release date
As the project has just been announced, there is of course no set release date for the series. But we’ll be sure to update this article as soon as more details are released.