Since her critical success in 2019 with the comedy “Booksmart,” Olivia Wilde’s directing follow-up has been hotly anticipated — especially once details start to emerge about her casting and story. Now a new trailer offers a disturbing look at the thriller, which Wilde described as “a love letter to films that push the limits of our imagination.”
In it, Florence Pugh and Harry Styles play a young married couple who live in Victory, the experimental and supposedly utopian corporate town that is home to the men who work for the top-secret Victory project. As their lives seem perfect, cracks in reality begin to appear for Alice de Pugh, who begins to question the true motives behind the project and the man behind it (Chris Pine). Gemma Chan (“The Eternals”), KiKi Layne (“The Old Guard”), and Wilde herself all support as Housewives, seemingly of varying reliability.
Wilde debuted the footage at recent CinemaCon and cited ‘The Matrix,’ ‘Inception,’ and ‘The Truman Show’ as inspiration for the film, as well as psychosexual thrillers ‘Fatal Attraction’ and ‘Indecent. Proposal”.
The script was written by Katie Silberman (“Booksmart”, “Set It Up”) from a specification by Carey and Shane Van Dyke.
During her presentation, Entertainment Weekly reports that Wilde told audience members, “I became a director hoping to one day make a movie like this: [one that is] thrilling, truly beautiful, equally challenging and fun, above all. It’s my passion project, my biggest challenge and my third child, and I’m so grateful to be able to make movies – it’s a privilege I don’t take lightly. I can honestly say that this movie is my dream come true in every aspect.
Wilde also has “Perfect,” a biopic of Olympic gymnast Kerri Strug, and a Spider-Woman movie for Marvel on his director list. Some of his more recent screen credits include “Richard Jewell” and “A Vigilante.”
Pugh recently delighted audiences with Marvel’s “Hawkeye” series and was announced to star in the upcoming “Dune: Part Two.” She is also set to star in and produce an adaptation of Nita Prose’s novel “The Maid.”
“Don’t Worry Darling” will be in theaters on September 23.