On paper, Don’t worry honey it should have been a surefire victory.
The psychological thriller had, in Olivia Wilde, a lively up-and-coming director, fresh from teen comedy and enthusiastically received Smart book.
In Florence Pugh, there was a young actor hailed as one of the best of a generation, who had just been nominated for his first Oscar (for Little Women).
When it was announced that Pugh would be joined by Harry Styles, one of the greatest pop singers in the world, it seemed like the film was almost certainly a big box office draw. So what went wrong?
As the film’s release date approaches in September, controversy over the film has escalated.
Rumors of on-set feuds, layoff disputes, and questionable interpretations have seen many experts Don’t worry honey a disaster waiting to happen.
Here is a timeline of Don’t worry honeyThe problems behind the scenes …
July 2019 –The film is announced
It has been confirmed that Wilde will direct the film, from a story conceived by Carey and Shane Van Dyke. It has also been suggested that Wilde would star in the project.
Early 2020 – Olivia Wilde separates from her longtime partner
At the beginning of the year, Wilde separated from her partner, Ted Lasso star Jason Sudeikis, with whom he shares two children.
The split was not publicly known until months later.
April 2020 – The cast is announced, including Shia LaBeouf
In the first major update since then Don’t worry honey was announced, Wilde confirmed that Pugh had been cast alongside Shia LaBeouf and Chris Pine.
On Instagram, Pugh reacted enthusiastically to the news, describing Wilde as his “idol”.
September 2020 – Shia LaBeouf leaves the project and Harry Styles joins
For reasons that have since become the subject of some controversy (more on that later), LaBeouf left the film in September 2020.
At the time it was suggested that the reason for his departure was a scheduling conflict.
He was replaced by Styles. Although he is best known for his pop career as a solo artist and with former boyband One Direction, Styles had in fact previously starred, most notably in a small role in Christopher Nolan’s epic war movie. Dunkirk.
December 2020 – LaBeouf is sued for abuse by FKA twigs
Late in the year, musician FKA twigs, LaBeouf’s ex-girlfriend, filed a lawsuit against the actor for alleged “incessant abuse” including sexual assault, assault and the infliction of emotional stress. She later denied “any and every” claim.
At the time, it was also claimed that LaBeouf had actually been fired from the production of Don’t worry honey with Variety citing insiders who claimed he “exhibited poor behavior” and that his style “clashed with cast and crew, including Wilde.”
January 2021 – Wilde and Styles are rumored to be together
The director and his protagonist were depicted holding hands while attending a wedding, sparking a flurry of news about their romantic involvement.
The alleged relationship was not confirmed to the media by any party at the time.
February 2021 – Filming ends
Cast and crew members celebrate the occasion on Instagram. Wilde is particularly expansive in her praise of Styles, writing, “Not only did she appreciate the opportunity to allow the brilliant @florencepugh to take center stage as our ‘Alice’, but she infused each scene with a nuanced sense of humanity. .
“He wasn’t supposed to join our circus, but he came aboard with humility and grace and amazed us every day with his talent, his warmth and his ability to drive backwards.”
Wilde’s remarks about Styles drew some criticism, with many wondering why she was praising him simply for giving the lead role to Oscar nominee Pugh.
April 2022 – Wilde is served custody papers while on stage
While introducing a clip from the film at an event in Las Vegas, Wilde was handed custody papers by Sudeikis in front of a crowd.
She was given an envelope marked “private and confidential” by an unknown person. After opening it and scanning it on stage, she resumed her speech, later revealing to the press that the envelope actually contained Sudeikis’ legal deposit.
August 11, 2022 – Wilde praises Pugh on Instagram
In the year and a half since filming ended, social media speculation had gradually grown over an alleged feud between Pugh and Wilde. Some followers had indicated a lack of Don’t worry honey-related social media activity by Pugh as an indication that he was starting to distance himself from the film.
In a brilliant social media post, Wilde said it was a “fucking thrill” to see Pugh work. The post was not shared or “liked” by Pugh, sparking further speculation among followers.
However, he shared his post on the film shortly after.
August 16, 2022 – Pugh talks about the film in an interview
In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Pugh has discussed the film, but some fans have noticed a noticeable lack of discussion about Wilde or Styles. However, he did discuss the movie’s sex scenes, which had previously been backed up by Wilde.
“When it comes down to your sex scenes, or to see the most famous man in the world lash out at someone, that’s not why we do it,” the actor said. “That’s not why I’m in this industry.
“Obviously, by the nature of hiring the world’s most famous pop star, you’re going to have conversations like that,” he continued. “It’s not just what I’m going to talk about because [this movie is] bigger and better than that. And the people who did it are bigger and better than that. “
August 24, 2022 – Wilde praises Pugh, denies salary disparity rumors
In an interview with VarietyWilde once again praised Pugh, describing her as “extraordinary” and “clearly the most exciting young actress working today”.
He also denied rumors that Styles had been paid three times Pugh’s salary for his work on the film.
“There have been a lot of things out there that I largely don’t pay attention to. But the absurdity of the invented clickbait and the subsequent reaction regarding a non-existent pay gap between our protagonist and the supporting actors really blew me away, “he told the publication.
He also rejected speeches about a feud, stating: “The tabloid media are a tool to pit women against each other and put them to shame.”
24 August 2022 –Wilde says he fired LaBeouf to “protect” the stars
In an interview, Wilde said he fired LaBeouf from production to make sure Pugh felt “safe.”
“I say this as someone who is such an admirer of his work,” he said. “His trial was not conducive to the ethics I demand in my productions. He has a process that, in some ways, seems to require a fighting energy, and personally I don’t think it leads to the best performances.
He continued: “I believe that creating a safe and trust-based environment is the best way to get people to do their best work. Ultimately, my responsibility is to the production and the cast to protect them. That was my job. “
August 26, 2022 – LaBeouf denies being fired, shares Wilde’s video
A few days after this interview was released, LaBeouf denied Wilde’s claims, saying he had left the production of his own free will as he was unable to “find time to rehearse” with the other cast members.
He sent screenshots of his email and text exchanges with Wilde to Varietyplus a video of Wilde apparently trying to get LaBeouf to stick with the project.
In the video, leaked online, Wilde is seen saying that he is “heartbroken” about the release of LaBeouf.
“You know, I think this might be a wake-up call for Miss Flo,” he says, apparently referring to Pugh.
“I want to know if you are willing to try with me, with us. If he really works, if he really puts his mind and heart into this and if you guys can make up – and I respect your point of view, I respect his – but if you guys can do it, what do you think? Is there hope? Let me know?”
In Progress: Clips of Styles’ acting circulate on TikTok
In recent weeks, clips of the film and its trailer have been circulating on the Tiktok video messaging platform.
Fans rated the performances, with many criticizing Styles’ delivery of lines and the seemingly inconsistent accent in the pre-released material, while praising Pugh.
Don’t worry honey comes out in theaters on September 23rd.