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Don’t Worry Darling: Harry Styles just joined the cast of this much-hyped psychological thriller

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Harry Styles has just been confirmed for the cast of Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry Darling, and our interest has well and truly piqued. 

With so many film productions and releases put on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic (Mulan, A Quiet Place II), it’s been worrying to think what this means for new TV and film productions. So it’s a relief to finally see new projects being announced (The Lost DaugtherDead Ringers). 

The most recent film news has got us particularly excited: Olivia Wilde has confirmed that Harry Styles is joining the cast for her upcoming movie, Don’t Worry Darling. As reported in Deadline, he will replace Shia LaBeouf, who dropped out due to a scheduling conflict. 

Styles will star alongside Florence Pugh, Dakota Johnson and Chris Pine in the highly anticipated psychological thriller, so let’s take a look at everything we know about it so far. 

Ever since her turn as Alex Kelly in The OC, we knew that Wilde would continue to do brilliant things in the world of entertainment. Last year, the actor-turned-director was the woman behind hit indie movie Booksmart, starring Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever. It was met with praise by critics – who called it one of the “funniest films of 2019” – and fans alike.

But this new project sounds completely different.

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Wilde is directing and producing Don’t Worry, Darling with her Booksmart writing partner, Katie Silberman, and It producer Roy Lee. Filming is set to start as soon as lockdown restrictions lift and it’s safe to do so. 

Deadline describes the movie as being “a psychological thriller for the Time’s Up era”. It will focus on a 1950s housewife (played by Pugh) whose “reality begins to crack, revealing a disturbing truth underneath”. 

The Hollywood Reporter describes the setting as “an isolated, utopian community in the 1950s California desert”. It also says the story “centres on a housewife who uncovers a disturbing truth about her seemingly perfect life”.

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Wilde has spoken out about the Me Too movement before, tweeting a message that said she stood in solidarity with other female actors after the Harvey Weinstein allegations came out. “Let’s be clear,” she wrote. “What Harvey Weinstein did to those women was nothing short of abuse. I am disturbed, and disgusted. It’s appalling.”

Olivia Wilde directed Booksmart.
Olivia Wilde directed Booksmart.

“Though I never witnessed it, I stand in solidarity with his victims, and hope their bravery sends a loud message to all abusers of power,” she continued.

“The victim blaming needs to stop. As does the shaming of women who didn’t come forward earlier. They spoke, and we are here to listen.”

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Everything Wilde turns her hand to is brilliant, so we really can’t wait for this one.

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Hollie is a digital writer at Stylist.co.uk, mainly covering the daily news on women’s issues, politics, celebrities and entertainment. She also keeps an ear out for the best podcast episodes to share with readers. Oh, and don’t even get her started on Outlander…

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