Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry Darling recently released its first full disconcerting trailer, with Harry Styles and Florence Pugh playing husband and wife.
The clip begins calmly, showing a group of friends indulging in the 1950s. Styles’ Jack and Pugh’s Alice appear in a car, doing donuts, and kissing while the vehicle zooms around an empty road, then later cuddling in bed.
“You and me?” she tells her husband. “Always. You and me,” he replies.
It shows several clips of Jack and Alice’s lovemaking and many disturbing shots.
Wilde, releasing the clip for the first time to the CinemaCon crowd in Las Vegas on April 26, stated that Don’t Worry Darling was based on movies like The Matrix, Inception, and The Truman Show – shows that “push the boundaries of our imagination.”
“I want you to imagine a life where you have everything you could ever want or ever dream of,” she said to the audience in Vegas.
“Not just the material tangible things like a beautiful house and perfect weather and gorgeous cars, but also the things that really matter, like true love, real, trusted friendships, and a purpose that feels meaningful,” she continued.
Then proceeds to ask, “What would it take for you to give up that life? Are you really willing to sacrifice in order to do what’s right? Are you willing to dismantle the system designed to serve you? That’s the world and the questions of Don’t Worry Darling.”
Wilde also added that she was aware that if she were “lucky enough” to be given a chance to create a second film, she would “aim for the moon.”
She excitedly talked about working with Pugh, stating that the 26-year-old British star’s performance is “something you have to see to believe. You are witnessing the birth of a full-fledged movie star.”
Meanwhile, regarding Styles, Wilde jested that her superstar boyfriend is “an up-and-coming actor with no other career that I’m aware of.”
The movie is written by Katie Silberman from a speculative screenplay by Carey and Shane Van Dyke. It is the 38-year-old’s second directorial outing since 2019’s Booksmart. Don’t Worry Darling will hit the theaters on September 23.