East of Eden has found its “dream Cathy” in Florence Pugh. The actor has been cast as the “anti-heroine” of John Steinbeck’s classic novel in a new Netflix adaptation from Zoe Kazan. The series – which is currently in early development – has been written by Kazan over the past two years. 

“I fell in love with East of Eden when I first read it, in my teens,” she told Deadline (opens in new tab). “Since then, adapting Steinbeck’s novel – the great, sprawling, three-generational entirety of it – has been my dream. More than anything, I have wanted to give full expression to the novel’s astonishing, singular anti-heroine, Cathy Ames. Florence Pugh is our dream Cathy; I can’t imagine a more thrilling actor to bring this character to life.”

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