New Line Cinema, a studio owned by Warner Bros., retains the rights to the screenplay for Don’t worry dear, the new film directed by actress and director Olivia Wilde. It goes beyond two weeks of interested parties (Netflix, Apple, MGM, among them) and confirms that the film will have a budget of US$20 million, which puts it in the middle range of Hollywood productions.
Billed as a psychological thriller, the film follows a 1950s housewife who begins to suspect there’s a truth she’s been ignoring. This marks the second feature film as a director for Wilde, who earlier this year released the critically acclaimed teen comedy booksmart (premiered in Chile as the night of the geeks).
The film’s three main actors have been revealed: Florence Pugh, Shia LaBeouf and Chris Pine. the actress of mid summerrecently nominated for an Oscar for a small woman, has been confirmed as the lead character of the film, a thriller set in the Californian desert. “Olivia Wilde is my idol and has allowed me to be a part of this amazing cast,” Pugh wrote on her Instagram account.
Citing “scheduling issues,” a common reason in Hollywood, Shia LaBeouf left the film before shooting began and was replaced by Harry Styles. The singer – with participation in Dunkirkby Christopher Nolan – joins Pugh, Pine and Olivia Wilde herself, who will play a supporting but pivotal role in the plot.
Olivia Wilde is voicing her support for FKA twigs, the singer and ex-partner of Shia LaBeouf, who has accused him of verbal and physical abuse — violent attacks, strangulation — during their time together. “Love, respect and support,” the director wrote in an Instagram story, sharing a screenshot of a press article about the case.
An article in Variety denies that Shia LaBeouf’s reason for leaving was a buffer between projects and reveals that Olivia Wilde fired him. The cited sources specify that the actor of transformers he displayed “bad behavior” and that “his style clashed with the cast and crew, including Wilde.” Another source close to the production points out that the director is known for making sure there is a “zero policy against dimwits” on her shoots.
Page Six media reports that Olivia Wilde and Harry Styles began dating after meeting while filming the movie. A photo shows them holding hands at the singer’s manager’s wedding. Wilde announced her split from actor Jason Sudeikis in November 2020, when they released a statement saying their split was “amicable.”
Renowned journalist Matthew Belloni, through his Puck media newsletter, says that Florence Pugh is unhappy with the situation that occurred during the filming of the film. Olivia Wilde and Harry Styles would disappear during several moments of the recordings, which was “quite obvious and annoying”. The quoted source said he witnessed a tense conversation between the principal and Pugh, who was “angry about the absences.”
Olivia Wilde gave an interview to Vogue magazine in which she assured that after seeing Harry Styles in Dunkirk, is considering signing him for his second feature film as a real possibility, but the timing of his tour doesn’t fit with filming. After this was canceled due to the pandemic, he had the opportunity to join the cast following the departure of Shia LaBeouf.
Along with detailing that other performers had turned down the role because it was secondary, Wilde emphasized that he wanted the film’s audience “to realize how unusual it is for them to see female appetite, and particularly this kind of female pleasure.”
In the context of Cinemacon, the largest event with cinema owners in the United States, Olivia Wilde shows the first preview of Don’t worry dear. It offers a disturbing plot and heated scenes between the characters of Florence Pugh and Harry Styles. The director points out that among the film’s biggest influences are Matrix, The source Y The Truman Show and calls it “a love letter to movies that push the limits of our imagination.”
Before he begins his presentation and violates all security measures, an unusual scene occurs: Wilde receives an envelope marked “private and confidential.” He opens it but does not hint at its contents when addressing the public. A day later, it becomes clear that these are documents related to the custody of the two children she has from Jason Sudeikis, with whom she separated at the end of 2020, in the middle of filming her second film.
A source close to Sudeikis tells Variety that the actor “had no advance notice” that his ex-partner would find out about the news in the middle of Cinemacon. “He would never have allowed (the envelope) to be delivered to him in such an inappropriate manner,” he adds, holding the company responsible responsible.
Florence Pugh gave an interview to Harper’s Bazaar magazine in which she rejected the fact that the focus of the film was on her intimate scenes with Harry Styles. “When it comes down to your sex scenes or seeing the most famous man in the world bang somebody, that’s not why we do it,” he said.
“That’s not why I’m in this industry. Obviously, the nature of hiring the most famous pop star in the world is that you’re going to have these kinds of conversations. I won’t discuss that 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 behind her firing Shia LaBeouf. In an interview with Variety, the director points out that despite the admiration for her work, she has struggled with “the ethos that I require in my productions”. “He has a process that somehow seems to require combative energy, and I personally don’t think that’s conducive to the best performances,” he said.
He alludes to the need for an “incredibly supportive” energy and that “I would ask Florence (Pugh) to be in very vulnerable situations and my priority was to make her feel safe and supported.” quote to mid summer (2019) as the title that makes her fall in love with the translator. “She is the most exciting young actress working today.”
And she attacked the media’s coverage of the tape, calling the tabloids “a tool to pit women against each other and shame them.”
Shia LaBeouf claims Olivia Wilde didn’t fire him, sharing with Variety two emails he allegedly sent to the director. In them he wrote: “You and I know the reasons for my departure” and “I left your film because we could not find time for rehearsals with your actors.”
The translator also provides a video clip in which Wilde is seen begging him not to leave the film, declaring himself “heartbroken”. “I think this might be some kind 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 heart into it.”
It is understood that Florence Pugh will have a limited appearance in the premiere of Don’t worry dear at the Venice Festival. Claims to be in Budapest, Hungary filming the second part of duneshis landing will be by private jet and after the press conference, so he’ll only be on the throw carpet, according to Variety.
As part of the press conference in Venice, Olivia Wilde was consulted about the alleged tension with Florence Pugh. “Florence is a force; we’re very grateful that she was able to make it tonight (to the premiere) even though it’s filmed,” he said, adding that “as far as all the endless tabloid gossip and all the hype out there, the Internet feeds itself. I don’t feel the need to contribute. I think he is well enough fed.”
Almost parallel to the conference, the actress arrives at the festival to participate in the main event. On the red carpet, she made some remarks to Rai: “I think it’s very, very inspiring to see a woman stop and say no and question everything, and it’s very exciting to see a woman do that inside and out. And off camera.
During this part of the meeting, he keeps his distance from Wilde and Styles, which is repeated in the distribution of seats in the room. At the end of the screening, when they receive about four minutes of applause, the interpreter does not approach the director. Reviews from specialists range from mixed to negative, with Pugh’s work standing out in particular.
It has been confirmed that Florence Pugh will not be traveling to the United States to attend the film’s North American premiere, set for September 19 in New York. The official reason is that he has to continue filming the sequel to dunes in Budapest. The survey reveals that Chris Pine will also not be attending the meeting.
According to what a source, who chose to remain anonymous, told Rolling Stone, friction between Pugh and Olivia Wilde “just didn’t exist on set. It was very nice. It’s shocking to me that all of this is happening… I never noticed a second of tension on that set. Not a second.”
*Under the title Don’t worry dear, the film opens in Chilean cinemas on September 22.