Olivia Wilde celebrates Harry Styles for gamely replacing Shia LaBeouf’s supporting role in Don’t Worry Darling with positivity and humility.
In an Instagram post, Olivia Wilde celebrated Harry Styles for stepping in as Shia LaBeouf’s replacement in her upcoming film Don’t Worry Darling. A psychological thriller set in the 1950s, the movie centers on an unhappy housewife named Alice (Florence Pugh) living in a seemingly idyllic community in California. With this film, Styles joined a star-studded group, including Pugh, Chris Pine, Dakota Johnson, Nick Kroll, Gemma Chan, and KiKi Layne. Don’t Worry Darling, which Wilde will both star in and direct, ignited a bidding war that ended with New Line Cinema ultimately acquiring the rights.
Originally, LaBeouf reportedly left the film due to scheduling conflicts. However, recent sources have revealed that Wilde allegedly fired LaBeouf for his hostile behavior toward cast and crew onset. Growing accusations of misbehavior and abuse against LaBeouf have increased lately, seemingly catalyzed by FKA Twigs’ decision to come forward and detail the domestic violence she experienced while in a relationship with the actor. Other former partners, including Sia, have shared their own experiences of manipulation and coercion perpetrated by LaBeouf. In response, LaBeouf has purportedly decided to take a break from acting and has left his talent agency CAA for the time being while seeking treatment at an inpatient facility.
According to Wilde, Styles gamely embraced his supporting role with an eager readiness, despite the fact that many male actors tend to avoid joining female-majority casts.
While participating in the “Directors on Directors” series helmed by Variety, Wilde offered insights into her directing process, explaining that she has an unyielding “no a-holes” policy. This was a mandate she firmly kept in place while overseeing the making of Don’t Worry Darling. She noted that she had previously received “terrible advice” from a well-established director who informed her that she had to act like a “predator.” In response, she decided to do the exact opposite and sought to create an encouraging environment that helped rid the film of diva behavior.
Considering Styles’ film debut, which took place in the Oscar-winning movie Dunkirk, he has certainly already made a credible name for himself in the acting industry. Moreover, Wilde has quickly established herself as a canny, thoughtful director with her beloved teen comedy Booksmart, which premiered in 2019. In light of these developments, anticipation for Don’t Worry Darling will likely continue to rise, and it will be interesting to see how it turns out.