Florence Pugh Limits ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ Press, Fueling Olivia Wilde Split Speculation (Exclusive)

Florence Pugh has severely limited her promotional press for upcoming feminist thriller ‘Don’t Worry Darling’, fueling speculation that she and director and co-star Olivia Wilde have had a falling out.

TheWrap spoke to three executives connected to the film, as well as someone with knowledge of Pugh’s involvement, all of whom declined to confirm any other press plans for the actress beyond attending the Film Festival. of Venice for the premiere of the film and the red carpet, coming from the shooting of “Dune: Part Two” by Denis Villeneuve.

Pugh has been in Budapest filming ‘Dune: Part Two’ and filming Christopher Nolan’s ‘Oppenheimer’ before that. According to someone with knowledge of the situation, she will be in Venice for the live premiere of a night shoot in Budapest, and will return to filming afterwards.

But the Venice Film Festival red carpet and press conference should be the extent of Pugh’s traditional press duties on the film. “She’ll be waving at us on the ‘Dune’ set because she’s not doing press,” a studio executive said.

According to the exec, the studio knew that Pugh’s availability for the press tour on “Don’t Worry Darling” would be limited, given that “Dune 2” is also a Warner Bros. project, and planned for it.

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But the unusual lack of involvement in the film’s promotion by its lead actor suggests there may be validity to spinoff speculation between Pugh and the film’s director Olivia Wilde about Wilde’s relationship with co-star Harry Styles. and an alleged on-set affair.

As the film’s star, Pugh (“Alice”) plays a 1950s-style housewife in an artificially perfect society in the desert, where her husband (Styles) and the other men leave every morning to work in a mountain. mysterious where supernatural forces make it a place forbidden to women. Over time, Alice comes to suspect that a nefarious force is holding her and the other women captive in this idyllic society.

Wilde directed the film and also plays one of Pugh’s neighbor wives.

In late July, Page Six published a report claiming that Pugh was unhappy with Wilde and Styles’ relationship, which allegedly began on set while Wilde was still in a relationship with Jason Sudeikis, who brought their two children to visit.

New Line declined to comment for this story. A rep for Pugh declined to comment on whether there was a falling out between the actress and the director.

Social media has been rife with spinoff speculation, with fans scrambling to deduce clues by comparing the women’s social media posts.

As of this writing, neither Pugh nor Wilde have directly addressed the rumors surrounding their working relationship. In a Variety profile of Wilde published this week, Wilde had no comment on the matter and Pugh declined to be interviewed for the story. In the piece, Wilde praised Pugh’s performance in the film, and Styles fielded questions via email while on tour.

On Instagram in July, Wilde praised Pugh, writing, “Watching this woman work was such a thrill! I can’t wait to show you more.”

Among the clues leading to fan speculation was when Wilde posted a behind-the-scenes photo to Instagram of herself watching Pugh work through the monitors – calling the experience “so thrilling!” – fans pointed out that Pugh didn’t share anything about the film in return. On the day a new trailer for “Don’t Worry Darling” was released, Pugh shared the poster for “Oppenheimer” on his Instagram story instead.

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Fans quickly began to wonder why Pugh posted so little about the film. Since Sept. 13, 2021, when the actress shared the first-ever teaser for ‘Don’t Worry Darling,’ cheekily captioned ‘See you next year,’ Pugh has only posted once. about the film on his main Instagram feed.

Pugh has done a few “Don’t Worry Darling” related interviews, but recently did a cover with Harper’s Bazaar. But even then, the actress didn’t address Wilde by name and admitted she hadn’t seen the movie yet.

What a Pugh has says is that, in all the conversations she has about the film, she doesn’t want things to be “reduced” to her sex scenes with Styles. “That’s not why we do it. That’s not why I’m in this industry,” Pugh told Harper’s Bazaar. “Obviously the nature of hiring the most famous pop star in the world, you’re going to have conversations like that. That’s just not what I’m going to discuss because [this movie is] bigger and better than that. And the people who did it are bigger and better than that.

Sharon Waxman contributed to this story.

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