Harry Styles is heading back to the big screen.
The “Watermelon Sugar” singer has nabbed a role in the Olivia Wilde-helmed Don’t Worry Darling, alongside Florence Pugh and Chris Pine, Deadline reports. The former One Direction member replaces Shia LaBeouf, who had to exit the project due to scheduling conflicts. Wilde herself has a supporting role, and Dakota Johnson is also in the cast, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Details of the plot are still under wraps, but the film “is set in an isolated, utopian community in the 1950s California desert,” per Deadline. Screenwriter Katie Silberman, who penned Booksmart (Wilde’s directorial debut) and the Netflix rom-com Set It Up, wrote the screenplay. Production is reportedly expected to commence in the fall.
Styles and Pugh play a couple in a mysterious community.
According to Collider, Pugh plays an unhappy housewife who questions her sanity when strange things start happening in her community. Styles plays her doting husband who’s hiding a “dark secret.” Pine plays the revered leader of a mysterious, cult-like worksite. Johnson plays Pugh’s neighbour who exhibits “strange, paranoid behavior and tries to warn Pugh that everything in their community is not what it seems.”
KiKi Layne (The Old Guard, If Beale Street Could Talk) joins the cast for role previously held by Dakota Johnson, who exited due to scheduling conflicts, according to Deadline. Gemma Chan (Crazy Rich Asians, Captain Marvel) were also added to the cast.
This isn’t Harry’s first movie.
Styles made his onscreen acting debut in Christopher Nolan’s war film Dunkirk in 2017. Styles, who starred as a young soldier, recalled being “nervous” for the gig, because it was “completely different” from performing in front of a stadium full of fans. “It was a lot of fun,” he told Today of the filmmaking experience. “It was one of the best experiences I think I’ve had.”
Aside from Don’t Worry Darling, the singer is also in talks to star in the film adaptation of My Policeman.
This is just one of Wilde’s upcoming films.
In addition to Don’t Worry Darling, Wilde has another major directing project ahead: helming a Marvel film. Last month, she confirmed she’s working with Sony to develop a film in the famous superhero universe with a lead female character. The story is rumoured to centre around Spider-Woman.
Filming has wrapped.
Actor and comedian Asif Ali shared photos from the set of Don’t Worry Darling in mid-February, revealing that shooting had wrapped. In the pictures, Harry Styles and Olivia Wilde can be seen standing next to one another.
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Florence Pugh also shared photos from the set and revealed that filming had wrapped. “It’s official, it’s a wrap! Yesterday was our final day on the set of Don’t Worry Darling and I wanted to give you all some insight on who this movie is—these are some of the people who made this movie happen,” she wrote on Instagram. “This is our talented crew.”
She continued, “We were very aware what it meant when we all agreed to this job. It was a COVID movie. One that could get shut down at any moment and of course, we did. However, despite these new shooting restrictions and guidelines, I can’t tell you how energised these people in my photos have been. How inspired, how hard working no matter what the circumstances. We’ve had people leave and people join and each time we’ve been met by beautiful, crazy talented beings.”
Director Olivia Wilde also took the opportunity to celebrate the end of filming by praising Harry Styles, who she just so happens to be dating. “Little known fact: most male actors don’t want to play supporting roles in female-led films. The industry has raised them to believe it lessens their power (i.e financial value) to accept these roles, which is one of the reasons it’s so hard to get financing for movies focusing on female stories. No joke, it is harrrrrd to find actors who recognize why it might be worth it to allow for a woman to hold the spotlight,” Wilde wrote on Instagram.
She continued, “Enter: @harrystyles, our ‘Jack’ . 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. He didn’t have to join our circus, but he jumped on board with humility and grace, and blew us away every day with his talent, warmth, and ability to drive backwards. 👊 #dontworrydarling.”
This story has been updated.
This story first appeared in Harper’s BAZAAR US.