One of the films slated to debut in venice film festival Monday is already being talked about. There are probably fewer movie than headlines involving people involved in the project.
“Don’t Worry Darling” is directed by Olivia Wilde and stars Florence Pugh, Gemma Chan, Chris Pine and Harry Styles.
The movie already had buzz, given the psychological thriller’s interesting, A-list cast trailer, and the fact that Wilde and Styles are reportedly dating. (The two have not publicly commented on their personal relationship.)
Recent interest in cinema has reached new heights variety In an interview with Wilde, she addressed being served legal documents cinemacon Hosted an event for “Don’t Worry Darling” to challenge speculation about film wage inequality.
“There were a lot of things I paid little attention to.” Wild told Variety. “But the absurdity of clickbait invented and the subsequent reaction to the non-existent pay gap between the lead and supporting actors really upset me. I have fought for myself and others, especially as a director, and those claims have no validity.”
Pugh, the film’s lead actor, wants the film to cover beyond the intimate scenes she shares with Styles.
“If it’s just about doing your own sex scenes or watching the most famous men in the world get beaten up by someone, that’s not why we do it. That’s not why I’m in this industry.” ” Pugh told Harper’s Bazaar. “Obviously, the nature of hiring the world’s most famous pop star is going to have that kind of conversation. That’s not what I’m trying to discuss. [this movie is] Bigger is better. And the people who built it are bigger and better than that. ”
Pugh will walk the red carpet at the Venice Film Festival, but reportedly won’t be attending the press conference on Monday due to scheduling conflicts with another project she’s filming. deadline.
CNN reached out to Pugh and festival representatives for comment. CNN has also reached out to New Line Cinema, the studio behind “Don’t Worry Darling,” for comment. (Both New Line Cinema and CNN are part of Warner Bros. Discovery.)
Then there were additional headlines about actor Shia LaBeouf’s former love for the project.
The actor was originally cast to play the role that eventually went to Styles. Wild told Variety Although she “hugely admires his work”, Labeoff’s “process did not foster the spirit I demand of my work”.
“He has a process that seems to require a sort of combative energy, and I personally don’t think it conducive to peak performance. I believe it’s the best way for people to do their best work,” she said. “Ultimately, my responsibility is to protect the production and the cast. That was my job.” .”
LaBeouf disputed the suggestion that he was let go of the production. Variety After Storyhe said he “quit the film due to lack of rehearsal time” and provided the publication with an intended communication between him and Wilde in which his exit from the film was discussed.
CNN reached out to representatives for LaBeouf, Wilde and Styles for comment.
“Don’t Worry Darling” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, the parent company of CNN. The film premieres in Venice on Monday night and hits theaters on September 23rd.