Don’t Worry DarlingIt is finally on its way to theaters. But, its journey to the big screen has been full of drama.
Not only are there many complications from the pandemic, but also the Olivia WildeStarring in a directed feature Florence Pugh Harry StylesThe journey to, has seen its fair share of challenges as well as headline-grabbing headlines.
The production — written by Katie Silberman, who also wrote Wilde’s first feature, Booksmart — began shooting back in October 2020 and is set to premiere in September 2022. It hit its first roadblock in October 2020. Dakota JohnsonMargaret was played by, but she had to cancel because of a scheduling conflict.
After her departure, the project hired another lead. Shia LaBeouf, depart production in September 2020 — allegedly also due to a scheduling issue. LaBeouf was set to play Pugh’s husband, Jack Chambers, but Styles was recast in the role.
In February 202, Wilde talked about having a “no a–holes policy” on set, causing many to speculate about alleged tension between the Richard JewellActress and her former lead
In an interview in August 2022 with her, she further explained what happened with LaBeouf. Variety ahead of the film’s release. “He has a process that, in some ways, seems to require a combative energy, and I don’t personally believe that is conducive to the best performances. I believe that creating a safe, trusting environment is the best way to get people to do their best work,” she shared with the outlet. “Ultimately, my responsibility is to the production and to the cast to protect them. That was my job.”
LaBeouf replied to the allegations with a statement Variety in August 222, alleging that his firing “never took place.”
“While I fully understand the attractiveness of pushing that story because of the current social landscape, the social currency that brings. It is not the truth,” he stated. “So, I am humbly asking, as a person with an eye toward making things right, that you correct the narrative as best you can. I hope none this negative effects [sic] you, and that your film is successful in all the ways you want it to be.”
Following the announcement of the film’s premiere date, there were allegations made that Styles — who began dating the director after they connected on set — was paid three times more than Pugh, even though they had equal lead roles.
In her August 2022 interview, Wilde denied these claims. Variety, calling the false narratives “clickbait.”
She added: “There has been a lot out there that I largely don’t pay attention to. But the absurdity of invented clickbait and subsequent reaction regarding a nonexistent pay disparity between our lead and supporting actors really upset me.”
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