Is everyone pretty much agreed that Olivia Wilde is not-so-secretly an excellent director? We have no huge beef with her acting, including her days on House, but ngl her buddy-comedy coming-of-age film Booksmart was easily one of the best films of 2019. If you didn’t watch the universally acclaimed film, please do and then get hype because details about her next film have been released and we are extremely hyped for it. Don’t Worry Darling details are thin on the ground, but per Deadline, the film is about an isolated ‘utopian’ community in the California desert, set in the 1950s.
Don’t Worry Darling will star Florence Pugh—fresh off an Oscar-nom for her performance in Little Women—and Shia LaBeouf, who recently invoked some feelings in Syrup’s writer Julian with his gut-wrenching film Honey Boy. Pugh and LaBeouf will be joined by Wilde (she’s acting, producing and directing this one) and Chris Pine, whose career begins and ends with 2009’s incredibly gay Star Trek reboot.
I already enjoy merely watching Florence Pugh eat various types of brown British food so seeing what Wilde does with this batch of talent is going to be interesting. Pine and Pugh have also actually already worked together, in the Netflix film Outlaw King, a historical drama. The film is also quite a departure from Booksmart, which was Wilde’s feature-length directorial debut. Pugh is going to be playing the lead, a housewife, who as all housewives do, discovers a dark secret about her picture-perfect life.
Pugh is, of course, no stranger to acting terrified. Her performance in the Scandi-horror Midsommar was impeccable. PSA: you can bid on the very dress that Pugh wears during that ritual sacrifice in the A24 charity auction. We’re not sure if LaBeouf or Pine will be playing an eerie Ken Doll husband for Pugh, but if I were to place bets… my money is on Pine. John Cho really put it best:
While we’re waiting for Don’t Worry Darling (the film is one of many that has had it’s production paused due to the coronavirus pandemic) why not give your eyeballs a different treat. Mindy Kaling’s new Netflix series Never Have I Ever has finally arrived, or check out our round-up of ten re-watch worthy shows. We’re also extremely keen for HBO’s Betty.