- Harry Styles has joined the cast of the upcoming Olivia Wilde-directed film, Don’t Worry Darling.
- Styles takes a role previously occupied by Shia LaBeouf, and Florence Pugh and Chris Pine in the cast.
- The former One Direction singer previously made his film debut in 2017’s Dunkirk.
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.
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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.
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.”
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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.”
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.
This story first appeared in Harper’s BAZAAR US.