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Florence Pugh to Star in 'East of Eden' Netflix Limited Series

By: Bollywood Fever

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Netflix is developing a new limited series adaptation of John Steinbeck's "East of Eden,".

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The series, which is still in early development, will be written and executive produced by Zoe Kazan, whose grandfather, Elia Kazan, helmed the 1955 film adaptation of Steinbeck's novel.

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Florence Pugh is attached to star in the series, though the character she will play remains unconfirmed. Anonymous Content and Endeavor Content will co-produce the series.

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Published in 1952, Steinbeck's "East of Eden" is set in California's Salinas Valley over a period that stretches from the Civil War to the end of World War I. 

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The epic novel tells the interconnected stories of the Hamilton family, an Irish immigrant family with nine children, and the Trask family, led by the wealthy Adam Trask. 

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The story eventually narrows its focus to the Trask family and the drama surrounding Adam, his wife Cathy and their sons Cal and Aron.

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Elia Kazan's film adaptation only partially adapted the original novel, focusing on the book's final section with Cal and Aron as teenagers.

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The film is best known for starring James Dean in his first leading role as Cal, with Julie Harris, Raymond Massey, Richard Davalos and Jo Van Fleet. 

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The film was well-received critically and was nominated for four Academy Awards, including best picture, with Fleet winning best-supporting actress for her role as Cathy. 

The novel was also adapted into a three-part ABC miniseries in 1981, which Richard Alan Shapiro directed from a script by Harvey Hart, with Timothy Bottoms, Jane Seymour, Bruce Boxleitner, and Soon Tek-Oh, Sam Bottoms, Hart Bochner, Karen Allen and Lloyd Bridges starring UTA reps Kazan. Pugh is repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.