Olivia Wilde calls Harry Styles a ‘revelation’; Teases film’s first footage at CinemaCon!
The Booksmart director, 38, shared the first full trailer of the period film exclusively with audiences at CinemaCon in Las Vegas on Tuesday, calling the project “ambitious” and saying that Styles’ performance is “truly a revelation.”
Psychological thriller Don’t Worry Darling stars Styles along with Midsommar‘s Florence Pugh, who plays a 1950s housewife living with her husband in a utopian experimental community as she becomes plagued by worries that his glamorous company may be hiding disturbing secrets.
On Tuesday, Wilde referenced iconic movies including Inception, The Matrix, and The Truman Show as influences for her film, calling them “movies that push the boundaries of our imagination.”
“I want you to imagine a life where you have everything you could want,” she said. “Not just material things… but true love and friendship. What would it take for you to give up that perfect life? Are you willing to dismantle the system that’s designed to serve the world?”
She also recounted how she pitched the movie to 18 studios before getting the green light and praised her lead actress Pugh, saying that the film “lives or dies” based on her role.
Wilde — who received widespread acclaim for her feature directorial debut Booksmart in 2019 — said on Tuesday that she knew she was going to “aim for the moon” if she got a chance to direct again.
Last September, Wilde posted a short and tense teaser of the highly anticipated movie to her Instagram, featuring a passionate kiss between her stars.