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Don't Worry Darling, a psychological thriller starring Florence Pugh and Harry Styles, is shaping up to be one of fall's buzziest movies. No one knows exactly what it's about, though it's already earning comparisons to The Stepford Wives and The Truman Show, but here's a rundown of a few things we have gleaned about this intriguing film.
1. It's set in the 1950s.
The trailer introduces us to the movie's utopian setting, a stylish and spotless suburban town called Victory. According to Warner Bros. Pictures' synopsis, it's an "idealized community" where the men work for the "top-secret Victory Project" and the women "get to spend their time enjoying the beauty, luxury and debauchery" of the neighborhood. If you're thinking that Victory sounds too good to be true, well, the trailer definitely supports that theory.
2. Pugh's character is the lead.
Pugh and Styles play a young married couple called Alice and Jack Chambers. The two play off of each other, but it's Pugh's character who drives the story. In February 2021, director Olivia Wilde praised Styles in an Instagram post for being different from "most male actors," who "don't want to play supporting roles in female-led films." She said of Styles, who's appearing in only his third movie: "Not only did he relish the opportunity to allow for the brilliant @florencepugh to hold center stage as our "Alice," but he infused every scene with a nuanced sense of humanity."
3. It's the second movie directed by Wilde.
Wilde, who you may know from House and Tron: Legacy, made her directorial debut with the 2019 teen comedy Booksmart. That movie was a critical and commercial hit (it's 96% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes), but Don't Worry Darling looks like a much darker, freakier affair. In addition to directing, Wilde plays a character called Bunny in the movie.
4. Pugh's character is questioning what life in Victory is really about.
The trailer seems to show Alice spinning out of control as she begins to suspect Victory isn't what it seems. At one point, she says to Bunny: "They're lying about everything." And later, in an intense conversation with Jack, she says of Chris Pine's character: "I don't trust him and I don't want to be here." Pine plays Frank, the CEO of the Victory Project, so he may well be the instigator of whatever is really going down here.
5. The supporting cast is excellent.
Gemma Chan portrays Frank's wife Shelley, KiKi Layne plays a character called Margaret, and Veep's Timothy Simons appears as Dr. Collins. There's also a cameo from burlesque star Dita Von Teese, who we catch a glimpse of in the trailer. Look out for her in a giant martini glass.
6. It's definitely a movie for adults.
The trailer hints at sexual content and includes some pretty disturbing imagery, including Layne's character bashing her head against a window pane. It seems reasonably safe to presume this could be a film that messes with our minds a little.
7. It's coming very soon.
Don't Worry Darling opens in U.S. theaters September 23, but the movie will have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, which runs from August 31 to September 10.
In a statement announcing its Venice premiere, Wilde offered a couple more hints as to what the movie will look like, saying: "From our cast – led by the formidable Florence Pugh and Harry Styles – to the design of this world and the kinetic cinematography, the film was crafted for viewing in the collective setting of the theatrical experience... I look forward to sharing the visceral ride of Don’t Worry Darling with the world."
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