Florence Pugh set to star in Netflix adaptation of East of Eden with Zoe Kazan at the helm


Florence Pugh set to star in Netflix adaptation of John Steinbeck novel East of Eden with Zoe Kazan at the helm

Florence Pugh is set to star in and co-produce a Netflix adaption of John Steinbeck’s East of Eden. 

Zoe Kazan is to write and exec produce the on-screen reimagining of the 1952 book.

The American actress, 38, described Florence, 26, as a being a ‘dream’ Cathy Ames – the story’s main antagonist, according to Deadline

Busy: Florence Pugh is set to star in and co-produce a Netflix adaption of John Steinbeck's East of Eden (pictured earlier this month)

Busy: Florence Pugh is set to star in and co-produce a Netflix adaption of John Steinbeck’s East of Eden (pictured earlier this month)

She also told the outlet that adapting the novel has been her ‘dream’, after she fell in love when first reading it as a teenager. 

Zoe said: ‘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.

In the works: Zoe Kazan is to write and exec produce the on-screen reimagining of the 1952 book (pictured in April)

In the works: Zoe Kazan is to write and exec produce the on-screen reimagining of the 1952 book (pictured in April)

‘I hope that with our partners at Netflix, Anonymous Content, and Endeavor Content, we can do justice to this material — and shed new light on it for a 21st century audience.’

East of Eden – which was also adapted into a 1955 film by Zoe’s grandfather Elia and starred James Dean – is largely set in Salinas Valley, California.

It follows the interconnected lives between generations of two families – the Trasks and the Hamiltons.

Meanwhile Florence is co-starring with Harry Styles, 28, in the upcoming flick Don’t Worry Darling.

The One Direction singer shocked fans as he simulated a raunchy sex act with his on-screen wife Florence in the explosive trailer for the flick. 

Harry got very intimate with Florence while starring alongside his real-life girlfriend Olivia Wilde, 38, (Mary), who also directs the picture, after they met on-set in October 2020.

Legacy: East of Eden - which was also adapted into a 1955 film (pictured) by Zoe's grandfather Elia and starred James Dean - is largely set in Salinas Valley, California

Legacy: East of Eden – which was also adapted into a 1955 film (pictured) by Zoe’s grandfather Elia and starred James Dean – is largely set in Salinas Valley, California

In the spellbinding trailer, the pop star shares an extremely passionate kiss  with Alice before she sinks onto the dinner table while Jack (Harry) performs oral sex on her. 

Further scenes show the duo partying with friends before driving in circles in a convertible car while continuing to lock lips in the psychological thriller, based in the 1950s.

Cosying up in bed, the Little Women star then asks her husband, ‘You and me?’ with him replying, ‘Always. You and me.’

Raunchy: The singer, 28, (who plays Jack) got very intimate with his co-star (Alice) on the dining room table

Raunchy: The singer, 28, (who plays Jack) got very intimate with his co-star (Alice) on the dining room table

When she becomes suspicious that Jack, who is working for a company looking to  ‘change the world’ with a mission called the Victory Project, is hiding disturbing secrets, she begins to dig.

Mary is heard saying: ‘The one thing they ask of us is to stay here, where it’s safe,’ when her friend asks questions.

Jack and Alice get steamy in the bedroom, while other scenes see her slowly sink into a filled bath despite her reflection in the mirror remaining still.

Oh my: Harry's character Jack is seen performing oral sex on Alice in a graphic scene on the table

Oh my: Harry’s character Jack is seen performing oral sex on Alice in a graphic scene on the table

Kiss-kiss: The What Makes You Beautiful hitmaker also smooches Florence for the camera

Kiss-kiss: The What Makes You Beautiful hitmaker also smooches Florence for the camera 

She concludes by performing ballet with Jack saying, ‘Our lives together, we could lose this.’

Alice replies: ‘And I don’t want to be here anymore.’

Don’t Worry Darling began shooting in Los Angeles in late 2020 but production was shut down for two weeks after someone on set tested positive for Covid-19. 

It wrapped production in February 2021 and also stars Chris Pine, Gemma Chan and Olivia.

Olivia, who made her directorial debut with the comedy Booksmart in 2019, previously discussed the complications of making the film amid the pandemic.

Stunning: He stars alongside his real-life girlfriend Olivia Wilde, 38, who also directs the picture, after they met on-set in October 2020

Stunning: He stars alongside his real-life girlfriend Olivia Wilde, 38, who also directs the picture, after they met on-set in October 2020

She told Variety: ‘It definitely affects that exact ingredient in the process, that camaraderie. It definitely makes it more difficult.

‘You have to really focus on everybody’s eyes. Everyone is communicating so differently, and there’s a lot of gesticulating.’

The film sparked a bidding war among 18 studios who were all keen to acquire the project with New Line Cinema winning the auction.

Oh no! Other scenes see Alice slowly sink into a filled bath despite her reflection in the mirror remaining still

Oh no! Other scenes see Alice slowly sink into a filled bath despite her reflection in the mirror remaining still

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