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The latest Hollywood drama centers around this fall’s film Don’t Worry Darling, which features several big-name actors and actresses. Whether you’ve been following the drama or haven’t heard about it until now, here’s an update on everything going on with Don’t Worry Darling and its cast.
What is Don’t Worry Darling?
Don’t Worry Darling is a psychological thriller film starring Florence Pugh, Harry Styles, Olivia Wilde, Gemma Chan, KiKi Layne, Nick Kroll, and Chris Pine. Olivia Wilde is also the movie’s director, in conjunction with screenwriter Katie Silberman. The film is slated to be released on September 23.
The movie follows Alice and Jack Chambers, a couple who lives in a company town in the 1950s. Alice begins to feel curious and suspicious about her husband’s work on a secret company project, which leads to tension and possible danger in town.
Shia LaBeouf’s departure from the cast
When the movie went into production in April 2020, actor Shia LaBeouf was initially cast as Jack Chambers. In September 2020, however, LaBeouf left the cast and was replaced by singer and actor Harry Styles. Scheduling conflicts were originally cited as the reason for the casting switch, but more information and several competing viewpoints have come out over time.
In December 2020, individuals close to the production of the film told Variety that LaBeouf had been fired from the film for clashing with the other cast members and exhibiting poor behavior. This came around the same time as musician, dancer, and actress FKA twigs began a lawsuit against LaBeouf and accused him of sexual and physical assault and abuse.
LaBeouf denied all of these claims, saying that he had quit the film despite Wilde’s insistence that he stay. LaBeouf has released several videos and screenshots of text conversations to support his claim.
Wilde and Styles
The production of this film has been somewhat dramatic from the beginning thanks to the whole debate around LaBeouf, but the tension among the cast has escalated further in recent weeks due to a relationship between Wilde and Styles. When filming of the movie began, Wilde was dating actor Jason Sudeikis, with whom she has two children.
At some point early on in the production process, Wilde began dating Styles and broke up with Sudeikis. While on stage at CinemaCon promoting the movie, Wilde was handed legal papers relating to her custody dispute with Sudeikis. Wilde later said that the public serving of the documents was “deeply painful.”
Tension in the cast has been especially evident between Olivia Wilde and Florence Pugh. Pugh, who plays Alice Chambers, has spoken out several times about feeling reduced to her sex scenes in the movie, exhibiting frustration towards Wilde about the matter.
Pugh has also said that she feels that Wilde and Styles’ relationship has led to unfair treatment of other cast members, including an alleged pay gap of $1.7 million between her and Styles. Pugh has refused to contribute to promotional efforts for the film, skipping the movie’s premiere and being strangely silent about it on social media.
The film will be released in theaters next week, and hopefully, hard feelings between the cast will be resolved by its release.