Watch the steamy, creepy first trailer for Don't Worry Darling

Expect dancing, yelling, and sex everywhere that’s not a bed. Cinéma!

by Douglas Greenwood and Jenna Mahale
03 May 2022, 9:00am

We’ve spent the past two years hypothesising about the plot and feel of Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry Darling, the Booksmart director’s erotic thriller starring Harry Styles and Florence Pugh. So far, we’ve had loose plot lines, teaser trailers, and morsels of information that have fed Harry’s stan army. Now, with the first full trailer released, the director herself has commented on it, revealing it might be more twisty and labyrinthine that we originally expected.

At Warner Bros’ event at Cinemacon on 26 April, Olivia presented a first look at the film’s trailer. Speaking to the audience, she said the film was inspired by the likes of Inception, The Matrix and The Truman Show, calling it “a love letter to movies that push the boundaries of our imagination.”

“I want you to imagine a life where you have everything you could want,” she said at the event, according to Variety. “Not just material, tangible things… like a beautiful house, perfect weather and gorgeous cars. But also the things that really matter, like true love or the perfect partner or real trusted friendships and a purpose that feels meaningful.

“What would it take for you to give up that life, that perfect life. What are you really willing to sacrifice to do what’s right?” Wilde asked. “Are you willing to dismantle the system that’s designed to serve you? That’s the big question at the centre of Don’t Worry Darling.”

Sound like you’re kind of thing? Well, here’s everything else you need to know.

What’s it about?

Don’t Worry Darling follows a suburban couple living in 1950s America. Jack is the family breadwinner, working for a company called the Victory Project who, apparently, hold the key to changing life on earth forever. Alice, his obedient wife, stays at home; all women in the town are told to do so. But as she observes what’s happening through the cracks in her curtains — acts of violence committed against women — she realises the Victory Project’s intentions don’t seem to reap positive rewards.

The original script, written by the Van Dyke Brothers, was famously part of the screenwriting Blacklist uncovered in 2019 (a hotbed for new, unproduced projects). But it’s since had a partial rewrite, courtesy of Booksmart’s Katie Silberman — a move to make women an integral part of the production process.

Who does Harry play?

In the film, Harry plays Jack, the husband of the lead character. In the original script, he’s supposedly framed as something of a slight chauvinist, and is present in the film from start to finish. Quite how he’ll manifest in the new script is still to be seen.

Who else is involved?

The film’s original script, as we mentioned, was written by Carey and Shane Van Dyke, who came up with the concept for the film in the first place. But as the project has progressed, more people have come on board. New Line Cinema, who are set to fund the project, have brought a majority woman team on board. Olivia Wilde will, of course, direct the film in her first project since Booksmart. Catherine Hardwicke, known for directing Thirteen and Twilight, will be the film’s executive producer. On the cast side, Harry will be joined by Florence Pugh, who will play the lead, while Dakota Johnson and Olivia herself will both have supporting roles. Chris Pine is set to play a cult leader who lives in the same town.

When does it come out?

Shot in 2020, the movie has been in the editing stages for several months now. But with cinema releases in flux, and us being deep into this round of awards season already, it’s no surprise that Don’t Worry Darling has been slated for release on 23 September 2022. That doesn’t mean we won’t catch a glimpse of it before then: it’s likely the film will premiere at a festival like Venice Film Festival or Cannes, if they have high hopes for the hype riding throughout the summer. Nevertheless,

And is there a Don’t Worry Darling trailer?

Yes, there is!

First shown at Cinemacon on 26 April, the trailer shows scenes of Florence and Harry’s characters — Alice and Jack respectively — in bed together, in a house set in a strangely idyllic suburban street in 1950s America, before surreal mayhem unfolds.

Catch the first look at the film below: expect lots of dancing, yelling, and sex everywhere that’s not in a bed. Cinéma!

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