The actress, who also appeared in Little Women and Midsommar, has signed on for the limited series version of John Steinbeck’s East of Eden.
It was previously made into a film that famously made a star of the legendary James Dean. Netflix picked up this new version after a fierce bidding war, reports Deadline.
As well as starring in it, Florence will be serving as an executive producer alongside writer Zoe Kazan, whose grandfather Elia directed the James Dean film.
Speaking about the project, and revealing the role Florence will be playing, Zoe said: “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.
“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. 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.”
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Zoe is also an actress herself, and will play one of the reporters who broke the news of Harvey Weinstein’s behaviour in the film She Said.
Meanwhile, Florence will star alongside Harry Styles in Don’t Worry Darling, a film about a woman who gets more than she bargained for when she investigates what her husband’s job is actually about.
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