New Line Cinema, a studio owned by Warner Bros., retains the rights to the script for Don’t worry darling, the new film directed by actress and filmmaker Olivia Wilde. It surpasses fifteen interested parties (Netflix, Apple, MGM, among them) and confirms that the film would have a budget of US$20 million, placing it in the intermediate range of Hollywood productions.
Defined as a psychological thriller, the film follows a 50’s housewife who begins to suspect that there is a truth that she ignores. It marks the second feature as a director for Wilde, who earlier this year released the acclaimed teen comedy booksmart (premiered in Chile as The night of the nerds).
The three main actors in the film are revealed: Florence Pugh, Shia LaBeouf, and Chris Pine. The actress of midsummerrecently nominated for an Oscar for little women, is confirmed as the protagonist of the film, a thriller that takes place in the California desert. “Olivia Wilde is my idol and she allowed me to be a part of this amazing cast,” Pugh wrote on her Instagram account.
Alluding to “schedule problems”, a common reason in Hollywood, Shia LaBeouf left the film before shooting began and was replaced by Harry Styles. The singer –with an appearance in Dunkirkby Christopher Nolan – joins Pugh, Pine and Olivia Wilde herself, who will play a secondary but key role in the plot.
Olivia Wilde expresses her support for FKA twigs, the singer and ex-partner of Shia LaBeouf, who accuses him of committing verbal and physical abuse – violent attacks, strangulation – during the time they were together. “Love, respect and support”, writes the director in an Instagram story in which she shares a screenshot of a press article about the case.
An article in Variety refutes that the reason for Shia LaBeouf’s departure was a buffer between projects and reveals that Olivia Wilde fired him. The cited sources detail that the actor transformers displayed “bad behavior” and that “his style clashed with the cast and crew, including Wilde.” Another person close to the production points out that the director is known for taking care that there is a “zero policy against idiots” on her shoots.
The Page Six medium indicates that Olivia Wilde and Harry Styles began a relationship after meeting on the filming of the film. A photograph shows them holding hands at the singer’s manager’s wedding. Wilde had announced her separation from actor Jason Sudeikis in November 2020, when they released a statement stating that her breakup had been “amicable”.
The renowned journalist Matthew Belloni, through his newsletter in the Puck medium, tells that Florence Pugh was unhappy with the situation that was experienced on the filming of the tape. Olivia Wilde and Harry Styles would have disappeared during several moments of the recordings, which was “quite obvious and annoying”. A cited source specifies having witnessed a tense conversation between the director and Pugh, who was “angry about the absences.”
Olivia Wilde gives an interview to Vogue magazine in which she assures that, after seeing Harry Styles in Dunkirk, considered it a real possibility to sign him for his second feature film, but that the timing of his tour did not fit with the filming. Once it was canceled due to the pandemic, she was made available to join the cast after Shia LaBeouf’s departure.
Along with detailing that other performers dismissed that role because it’s secondary, Wilde stresses that he wants the film’s audiences “to realize how unusual it is for them to see female appetite, and specifically this kind of female pleasure.”
In the context of Cinemacon, the biggest event with the owners of theaters in the United States, Olivia Wilde shows the first preview of Don’t worry darling. An unsettling plot and heated scenes between the characters of Florence Pugh and Harry Styles are suggested. The director points out that among the film’s greatest influences are matrix, The origin Y The Truman Show and calls it “a love letter to movies that push the limits of our imagination.”
Before starting his presentation, and violating all security measures, an unusual scene occurs: Wilde receives an envelope marked “personal and confidential”. She opens it but does not allude to its content when addressing the public. A day later it is revealed that they were documents linked to the custody of the two children she has with Jason Sudeikis, from whom she separated at the end of 2020, in the middle of filming her second tape.
A source close to Sudeikis tells Variety that the actor “had no prior knowledge” that his ex-partner would find out about the news in the middle of Cinemacon. “He would never tolerate (the envelope) being delivered to him in such an inappropriate way,” he adds, blaming the company in charge.
Florence Pugh gives an interview to Harper’s Bazaar magazine in which she repudiates that the film’s focus is concentrated on her intimate scenes with Harry Styles. “When it comes down to your sex scenes, or watching the most famous man in the world fuck somebody, that’s not why we do it,” she said.
“That is not why I am in this industry. Obviously, by the nature of hiring the most famous pop star in the world, you’re going to have conversations like that. That’s not what I’m going to discuss because (this movie is) bigger and better than that. And the people who made it are bigger and better than that.”
Olivia Wilde delves into the reasons that led her to fire Shia LaBeouf. In an interview with Variety, the director points out that, despite admiring her work, she clashed with “the ethos that she demands in my productions.” “He has a process that, in a way, seems to require a combative energy, and I personally don’t think it’s conducive to the best performances,” she said.
He alludes to the fact that he needed an “incredibly supportive” energy and that “I was going to ask Florence (Pugh) to be in very vulnerable situations, and my priority was to make her feel safe and supported.” Appointment to midsummer (2019) as the title that led her to fall in love with the interpreter. She “she is the most exciting young actress working today”.
And she attacks media coverage of the tape, calling the tabloids “a tool for pitting women against each other and shaming them.”
Shia LaBeouf maintains that Olivia Wilde did not fire him, sharing with Variety two emails he reportedly sent to the director. In them she writes: “You and I know the reasons for my departure” and “I left your film because your actors and I could not find time to rehearse.”
In addition, the interpreter gives a video in which you can see how Wilde asks him not to leave the film, declaring himself “heartbroken”. “I think this might be some sort of wake up call for Miss Flo“, He says. He asks if he would reconsider staying in the film if Pugh “really commits, if he really puts his mind and her heart into it.”
It is revealed that Florence Pugh will have a limited participation in the premiere of Don’t worry darling at the Venice Festival. Claiming that he is in Budapest, Hungary, filming the second part of Dunehis landing would be in a private plane and after the press conference, so he would only be on the carpet, according to Variety.
Within the framework of the press conference in Venice, Olivia Wilde is consulted about the alleged tension with Florence Pugh. “Florence is a force; we are very grateful that she can make it tonight (to the premiere) despite being on set,” he said, adding that “as for all the endless tabloid gossip and all the noise out there, the internet feeds on itself. . I don’t feel the need to contribute. I think he is well nourished.”
Almost parallel to the conference, the actress arrives at the festival to participate in the main event. On the red carpet she delivers some remarks to Rai: “I think it’s very, very inspiring to see a woman stop, say no and question everything, and it’s very exciting to see a woman do that inside and out. And off camera.
During that part of the date, he keeps his distance from Wilde and Styles, which is repeated in the distribution of seats in the room. At the end of the projection, when they receive about four minutes of applause, the interpreter does not approach the director. The critics of the specialists are between mixed and negative, highlighting in particular the work of Pugh.
It is confirmed that Florence Pugh will not travel to the United States to attend the North American premiere of the film, scheduled for September 19 in New York. The official reason is that she must continue filming the sequel to Dune in Budapest. The study reveals that Chris Pine will not attend the appointment either.
According to what a source who preferred to remain anonymous told Rolling Stone, the friction between Pugh and Olivia Wilde “just didn’t exist on set. It was very nice. It’s shocking to me that all this is happening… I never noticed a second of tension on that set. Not for a second.”
*Under the title Do not worry honey, The film opens in Chilean theaters on September 22.