Following her SXSW sensation, “Booksmart,” all eyes were on Olivia Wilde as to what her next project would be. Audiences, critics, and industry professionals alike all fell in love with Wilde’s witty, stylish, and heartfelt directorial debut. It was only a matter of time before the biggest names in Hollywood came knocking on her door. While Wilde has attached herself to several projects, her next film will be a psychological thriller titled “Don’t Worry Darling,” and yes, the actor-turned-director has assembled one hell of a cast.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Florence Pugh, Chris Pine, and Shia LaBeouf have joined the cast of Olivia Wilde’s “Don’t Worry Darling.” Wilde is not only directing but starring in the film from a script by her “Booksmart” partner Katie Silberman. Shane and Carey Van Dyke wrote the original script before Silberman rewrote it. Wilde and Silberman will also produce with Roy Lee and Miri Moon of Vertigo Entertainment. Catherine Hardwicke is executive producing alongside the Van Dykes.
While plot details are scarce, the film takes place in the 1950s against the backdrop of a California desert. The story follows an isolated, utopian community and centers in on a housewife who uncovers a disturbing secret about her seemingly perfect life.
The report states that Pugh will lead the ensemble as the housewife with Pine and LeBeouf’s roles yet to be revealed.
Wilde’s attachment to the project helped make “Don’t Worry Darling” one of the most heated auctions of last year. New Line eventually beat out the competition and have been making the project a top priority. The film was supposed to begin production in late spring before the COVID-19 lockdown. Now, New Line is hoping to start principle photography as soon as restrictions are lifted.
Pugh is coming off of a breakout year in 2019, earning Oscar and BAFTA nominations for her performance in Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women.” She also starred in Ari Aster’s Pagan nightmare, “Midsommar,” produced by A24 and can be seen next alongside Scarlet Johansson in Marvel’s “Black Widow.”
Pine recently signed on to star in a Paramount’s reboot of “The Saint” and just wrapped production on the action-thriller “Violence of Action.” He will reprise his role as Steve Trevor on Aug. 14 in DC and Warner Bros. “Wonder Woman 1984.”
LaBeouf is also coming off of an exceptional 2019 anchoring the cathartic semi-autobiographical “Honey Boy” and indie darling “The Peanut Butter Falcon.”