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Kristen Stewart In East Of Eden? 5 Reasons Why She Should Be

Kristen Stewart In East Of Eden?

The 2011 movie re-make of East of Eden has stirred up a lot of talk amongst Twilight fans about Kristen Stewart. The book, originally written by John Steinbeck, was made into a mini TV series in 1981 and 2008, and was made into a movie in 1955 starring James Dean. Now Universal Pictures will be releasing a newer movie edition of the East of Eden story. So why are Twilight fans talking about it? East of Eden is one of Kristen Stewart’s favourite books, and she has said in the past she would love to play the part of Cathy/Kate in the upcoming movie.

A Bit About East Of Eden:

I read Steinbeck’s East of Eden in the fall last year and it was an incredible read. The book is dauntingly long and covers a lot of ground in terms of spanning generations and families – but it is well worth the time and effort. To try to summarize the plot of East of Eden would be kind of ridiculous, but it’s about people’s struggles with good and evil in their lives, and the long-lasting repercussions that their decisions have. It is a book for thinkers and those who like to delve a little bit further into the human psyche. Set primarily in the Salinas Valley in California, East of Eden essentially tells the intertwining story of two families and the generations that follow.

Kristen To Play Cathy/Kate?:

The character of Cathy/Kate in East of Eden represents the power of evil, or in some people’s opinion – the evil that is Satan. She is a manipulative and controlling character who will do whatever is in her own greatest interest. The character of Cathy/Kate is the most interesting in the book because her actions and decisions are self-serving but they seem to have immense repercussions for everyone else around her. She is a hard character to understand, even harder to sympathize with, and hardest to predict. Basically, this is a dynamic character that any actor would love to play the part of. So without further ado, here are

5 Reasons Why KStew Should Be Cast In East of Eden:

1. Kristen knows and loves the book. She has clearly thought a lot about the character and wants to bring it life. She can bring an understanding to the role having already taken a liking to it. It is rare to find an actor who has not only read the source material beforehand, but also has a genuine interest and stake in the subject matter. Kristen would put her all into this role.

2. Her history of film roles suggests that she likes this kind of character – something different and a bit off the beaten track. She likes these parts and we all know she is good at playing them. Think about Adventureland, The Cake Eaters, or Speak – Kristen plays a character struggling with something in each of those films. She knows how to convey understated emotion and make these kinds of roles believable.

3. If you have read the book, you can picture Kristen as Cathy/Kate. Steinbeck describes her in various ways but primarily as: animalistic, monster-like, but having a look of gentle beauty. I think Kristen has the serene demeanor and classic features that would make her look believable as Cathy/Kate. The character commits acts of evil, but contrastingly looks innocent.

4. I think that Kristen really proved herself more recently in The Runaways to anyone who had their doubts about her ability to become another character. In my opinion, her roles in Adventureland, The Cake Eaters, and The Runaways showed off her acting ability to a greater extent. Her portrayal of Joan Jett in The Runaways movie has shown us all that she is ready to take things to the next level.

5. Kristen is well-known for deeply caring about her craft and perfecting the roles she plays. She cares so much about her profession and doing it right, that no one else would be better suited to a role that demands so much from the actor. I think this would be her greatest performance yet.

So there’s my two cents about the East of Eden movie and why I think our girl Kristen should be in it. Feel free to give some feedback or thoughts on the subject. In the meantime, fingers crossed for KStew to be cast as Cathy/Kate!

[Photo via ScreenRant]


April 16, 2010 - Posted by | KStew | , , , , , , , ,


  1. I think you are perfectly correct! Kristen is by far my favorite actor and East of Eden is my favorite book! I know for a fact that she would do well in this movie!

    Comment by Susannah | November 21, 2010 | Reply

  2. Thanks for alerting me to the movie, I hadn’t heard about it until now!
    However, the first movie based on Steinbecks novel was actually done by Elia Kazan, and starred James Dean. It’s an excellent film, it will be interesting to see how this director measures up.
    As to Kristen playing Cathy, that just sounds like a great choice all around!

    Comment by Tim | January 15, 2011 | Reply

    • Hi Tim, thank you for letting me know about the 1955 film. That must have flown by my radar but I have edited the post to note that there was an earlier film version. Thanks for your interest, I cannot wait to see the finished movie!

      Comment by twilightconnection | January 15, 2011 | Reply

  3. I am deeply disturbed by sooo much about this entry.

    1) East of Eden is a fantastic piece of literature, one with many overlapping stories and great passages of imagery and naturalism. I have read it twice, and I have never understood how it was made into a movie in the first place. There is so much in it. I haven’t seen the original movie, and I am sure that it is good as a movie on its own, but it can never fully capture the essence of the book unless it is about 6 hours long. The book is too wonderful to condense.

    2)The only reason Kristen Stewart might ever play Cathy well is because she is a horrible actress, a cold person, and she can pull off Cathy’s cold stares which George and Sadie Hamilton notice first about Cathy.

    I am so horribly upset by hearing that they are remaking the movie and that they are taking one of the more commercial actresses in America to play such an interesting and layered character. A bunch of Twilight fans will go see it and deprive themselves of the beauty of the book which should be left alone. I love movies and I love theatre and plays. East of Eden should remain a book always and forever and no teen-star should ever touch it.

    Comment by Ali | March 15, 2011 | Reply

    • Correction: Samuel and Liza Hamilton. My brain died for a minute and I have no idea where I got George and Sadie from

      Comment by Ali | March 15, 2011 | Reply

  4. Kristen’s a great actress and I love that she appreciates the book, but I don’t think her look or acting style fits the character of Cathy very well. I’m sure she’d do a good job, but I feel like there are other actresses who embody the character more closely.

    Comment by Em | November 29, 2011 | Reply

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