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Settle in: here’s every important detail we know about the highly-anticipated ‘Don’t Worry Darling’

Don't Worry Darling

Last September, the internet went into a collective chaos when news of Harry Styles joining Florence Pugh in Olivia Wilde's psychological thriller, Don't Worry Darling, broke. Chaos, that in our books, is absolutely warranted – this is a one-in-a-million dream team.

Since that announcement, we've been sucked into this 1950s universe one sneaky set pic, interview and romance – at a time. Who could blame us? In an effort to share our collective glee, we've documented every detail on Don't Worry Darling below.

 

What is Don't Worry Darling about?

Unsurprisingly, the plotline of Don't Worry Darling is still very much under-wraps, (which, is probably why we're so eager for its release). According to Collider, the film is a thriller meets drama, "set in an isolated, utopian community in the 1950s California desert," with Little Women star Florence Pugh portraying Alice, an "unhappy housewife who slowly begins to question her own sanity when she starts to notice strange occurrences in her small, utopian community." Harry Styles will star alongside Pugh as her "picture-perfect husband (Jack), who loves her dearly, but is hiding a dark secret from her."

 

Who is set to star in the film?

As previously mentioned, Pugh will helm the film with our man Styles leading behind her. Originally, Shia LeBeouf was slated to play the role of Jack, but allegedly pulled out due to scheduling conflicts. Director (and co-star) Olivia Wilde reportedly did a "victory dance" when news of Styles joining the cast was confirmed. In a recent interview, Wilde shared; "I did a little victory dance when we heard that we officially had Harry in the film, because we knew that he has a real appreciation for fashion and style." Wilde continued, "And this movie is incredibly stylistic. It’s very heightened and opulent, and I’m really grateful that he is so enthusiastic about that element of the process—some actors just don’t care."

Wonder Woman's Chris Pine has also been snapped on set alongside American actor and comedian Nick Kroll, Gemma Chan, Kiki Layne and relative newcomer Sydney Chandler.

 

Do we have a trailer yet?

Given that we barely have a squiz of information on the film's storyline, news of a Don't Worry Darling trailer is understandably still yet to come. In the meantime, however, we have been treated to a few sneak peaks of the cast on set. Pugh and Styles look like a 1950s-dream in this idyllic shot – Styles, always dapper in a brown suit and Pugh sporting the ultimate wrap dress and blowout combo.

To add more fuel to our impatient fire, Wilde uploaded our first look at a disheveled Pugh courtesy of this glorious film still.

 

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Although no footage or imagery of our beloved Styles has been shared as of yet, if this video of him reversing a convertible on set is anything to go by, we're certainly in for a treat. Thank you internet.

Harry Styles is the ultimate charmer – naturally.

Not that we had a single doubt, but our guy Harry Styles has proven he's the ultimate charmer on set, with several of his cast members openly singing his praises. Co-star Chris Pine wasted no time telling Entertainment Tonight that Styles is "an absolute delight."

"He's one of the most professional people I've ever met. Couldn't be kinder, more gracious, I mean, really, I was stunned by this kid. He's off-the-charts cool." That's our Harry.

Wilde, (who also happens to be dating the Watermelon Sugar singer), shared her own tome to the actor on Instagram just this morning.

"Little known fact: most male actors don’t want to play supporting roles in female-led films. The industry has raised them to believe it lessens their power (i.e financial value) to accept these roles, which is one of the reasons it’s so hard to get financing for movies focusing on female stories," Wilde began.

 

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"Enter: @harrystyles, our 'Jack' . Not only did he relish the opportunity to allow for the brilliant @florencepugh to hold centre stage as our 'Alice', but he infused every scene with a nuanced sense of humanity."

 

Filming has officially wrapped

Thanks to social media, we know that filming of Don't Worry Darling officially wrapped on February 14; which encouragingly, means that the film is finally on the home stretch. Actor and comedian Asif Ali was the first cast member to share the news on Instagram, posting a heartwarming series of photos – which, we'll be saving as our screensaver, by the way.

 

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Pugh also jumped on board, using her post to pay tribute to the behind-the-scenes crew that made the film happen. "It’s official, it’s a wrap! Yesterday was our final day on the set of Don’t Worry Darling and I wanted to give you all some insight on who this movie is—these are some of the people who made this movie happen. This is our talented crew."

 

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Like most films, production was affected by COVID-19

As Pugh mentions in her post above, the production of Don't Worry Darling was impacted by COVID-19. In November 2020, Deadline reported that the film had been placed on hold due to a crew member testing positive. The studio behind the film, New Line, confirmed the news, stating that the person who contracted the virus "is not a member of the principal cast but someone who was in close enough proximity to them that the shut down was deemed necessary to find out if anyone else on the production has been exposed."

Since then, there have been no further reports of COVID cases on set.

 

When is the release date for Don't Worry Darling?

Given that filming only just wrapped, it may be some time before we're sitting in a reclining cinema chair divulging the masterpiece that is Don't Worry Darling. In saying that, the first images from on-set surfaced in November, and we're only in February; so, if that timeline is anything to go by, the turn-around may be faster than we might expect.

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