The tension could be felt in the atmosphere during the presentation to the press of ‘Don’t worry, dear’, the new film as director of Olivia Wilde after her debut with the acclaimed ‘Super Nerds’. In recent months, the long-awaited psychological thriller has been embroiled in several behind-the-scenes controversies that grabbed headlineswhile the promotion steps on the accelerator ahead of the theatrical release on September 23.
At the end of August, the controversy erupted with Wilde’s statements about Shia LaBeouf whom he claimed to have fired, being replaced by the famous singer Harry Styles during pre-production. The actor stepped forward to deny Wilde, assuring that it was he who left the film, for which he provided evidence in the form of messages and an incriminating video. On the other hand, it is rumored that the director fell out with her leading lady, Florence Pugh, after allegedly neglecting the production after starting a relationship with Styles during filming, when she was still married to Jason Sudeikis.
When it was recently announced that Pugh would not participate in promotional events for ‘Don’t Worry, Darling’, except for its premiere at the Venice Film Festival, many took it as confirmation of the rumours. The official excuse is that Pugh is busy filming ‘Dune: Part 2’ in Budapest. and he has only been able to be absent to attend the premiere, but not to the press conference that took place on the morning of Monday, September 5. The meeting has had Wilde, Styles (located strategically separated) and the actors Gemma Chan and Chris Pine, who also appear in the film.
Harry Styles, Gemma Chan, Chris Pine and Olivia Wilde – the Don’t Worry Darling Avengers assemble. pic.twitter.com/TNUayHvkXr
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The drama behind the cameras has flown over the entire press conference, but Wilde did not want to get into the matter, dodging the question about his rumored rivalry with Pughas collected Variety: “Florence is a force”declares the director when asked to clarify the matter. “We are very grateful that she was able to come tonight despite shooting ‘Dune.’ As a director, I know how disruptive it is to lose an actor for even one day, so I thank her and [al director Denis Villeneuve] for helping us. And tonight we will celebrate their work. I cannot express how honored I am to have her as our lead. Is incredible“.
Although he avoided answering the question, Wilde did allude to the Internet gossip about what happened behind the scenes of the Warner Bros. film: “As for the endless tabloid rumors and all the noise out there, The Internet feeds itself. I don’t feel the need to contribute to it; I think he is already nourished enough”. As for LaBeouf, the moderator of the conference has vetoed a question about the actorstopping it before the journalist could formulate it in its entirety, arguing that it was already answered because “it’s on the Internet”.
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Despite the controversy that is overshadowing the promotion, ‘Don’t worry, dear’ remains one of the most anticipated films of the year. Set in the 1950s, the film tells the story of a seemingly happy couple (Pugh and Styles), who live in a quiet American community, where he works for a large corporation, while she is a devoted housewife. Little by little, her concern begins to become apparent when she begins to discover details about Project Victoria, the work that her husband is developing. While the rest of the women of the employees dedicate themselves to being discreet and submissive, she begins to ask herself questions and realizes with horror that her happiness and her peaceful life are more in danger than ever.
Completing the cast are KiKi Layne, Nick Kroll, Kate Berlant, Douglas Smith, Dita Von Teese and Wilde herself, who reserved a supporting role. ‘Don’t worry, dear’ opens in theaters on September 23.