The “Don’t Worry Darling” disaster


The highly anticipated movie “Don’t Worry Darling,” releasing this year on September 23,  has recently been under excessive amounts of drama involving the cast as well as the director Olivia Wilde. Will the movie even survive this unfolding mess? 

According to Variety, the downfall of the cast all started when Shia LaBeouf was allegedly “fired” from the lead male role of Jack Chambers by Wilde because he was creating an unsafe environment due to his “method acting” and many cast members were uncomfortable working with him. One actress in particular, Florence Pugh, didn’t want to film vulnerable scenes with LaBeouf because of his past with abuse and sexual misconduct leading to being sued by singer songwriter FKA twigs. LaBeouf claims that this was in fact not the case and he dropped out of the film due to scheduling conflicts. 

Later in 2020 Harry Styles was revealed to replace LaBeouf for the role of Jack Chambers. Harry Styles fans were ecstatic to hear that he was finally getting his big break as a new actor, but people are skeptical because of a released clip of his acting that left many unhappy. Styles’s speculated relationship with director Wilde only upset people more. Recently fans have suspected they have broken up for reasons of the “couple” not standing together at the premier and the absence of Wilde at Styles’s concerts. 

The drama continued when a video Wilde made on August 19, 2020, for Labeouf had leaked. The Wrap states quotes from Wilde saying “You know, I think this might be a bit of a wake-up call for Miss Flo, and I want to know if you’re open to giving this a shot with me, with us. If she really commits, if she really puts her mind and heart into it at this point and if you guys can make peace — and I respect your point of view, I respect hers — but if you guys can do it, what do you think? Is there hope? Will you let me know?” Immediately fans were turned off by Wilde referring to Pugh as “Miss Flo” and assumed it to be a dis at the actress and invalidating her feelings. 

As the feud rumors were swarming around Wilde and Pugh, many noticed the lack of promotion that Pugh was giving this next big movie. It wasn’t a surprise when Pugh revealed that she would only be doing press at the premiere. Honestly, it was a surprise she even showed. 

The premier almost instantly took this situation to the next level when a video of Styles reportedly spitting on Chris Pine was  released. It quickly became an internet meme and marked itself a place in pop culture history. Buzzfeed News states that Pine’s rep was quick to respond with “Just to be clear, Harry Styles did not spit on Chris Pine. There is nothing but respect between these two men and any suggestion otherwise is a blatant attempt to create drama that simply does not exist.”

After everything, fans are hoping this movie knocks it out of the park despite the drama and mostly because of it. The first reviews for the movie coming in are not so hot, but I’ll leave it up to the public for this one.