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Should We Worry About “Don’t Worry Darling”?

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at WPUNJ chapter.

Olivia Wilde’s second highly anticipated film “Don’t Worry Darling” has been receiving a lot of buzz both about the film and behind-the-scenes drama.

Olivia Wilde, Harry Styles, Florence Pugh, Chris Pine, Gemma Chan, Sydney Chandler, and Nick Kroll attended the Venice Film Festival over the weekend for their upcoming film. The plot follows Alice and Jack, a married couple played by Harry Styles and Florence Pugh, who live in a gated community in 1950s California. Alice begins to notice unusual things about the neighborhood which creates drama.

As for the drama behind closed doors, there have been reports about a rivalry between Olivia Wilde and Florence Pugh. Pugh normally posts about her projects on Instagram but didn’t do a lot of posts for the film. And everyone became more convinced as she didn’t do a lot of press tours for the film like her costars have. E News! reported Wilde’s response: “As for all the endless tabloid gossip and all the noise out there, I mean, the internet feeds itself. I don’t feel the need to contribute, I think it’s sufficiently well nourished.”

They also reported about Florence Pugh writing a post on her Instagram regarding the premiere and giving everyone a huge congratulations, stating the moment was surreal and mentioning costar Chris Pine for being a photographer. But she never mentions Olivia Wilde by name.

Shia LaBeouf was originally set to play Jack (now portrayed by Harry Styles), but Wilde claimed he was fired. Good Morning America reported about the issue stating LaBeaouf sent emails to Variety between him and Wilde. He claims he quit because he and the actors didn’t have enough time to rehearse.

Access Hollywood reported on Thursday, September 8 about the controversy, including Olivia Wilde not acknowledging Shia LaBeouf’s response. They also added that Wilde claimed to fire him since his actions allegedly made Florence Pugh feel uncomfortable. When Variety asked her about the resurfaced text messages between them, she said “This issue is so much more nuanced than can be explained in private text released out of context. All I’ll say is he was replaced, and there was no going forward with him. I wish him the best in his recovery.”

As for the plot based on the trailers alone, the film looks mysterious, dramatic, and filled with danger and conflict (which seems fitting…).

We’ll just have to see how everything unfolds in the coming weeks. The movie is set to be released in theaters Friday, September 23.

An aspiring journalist with a passion for pop culture but also talks about self-care, and local news. Major in Journalism minor in Psychology. And whenever she's not writing articles or studying she's listening to music or podcasts or watch television.