Booksmart was one of the very best films of 2019, making it an incredibly terrific debut for first-time director, Olivia Wilde. Wilde crafted an absolutely hilarious film with a sharp script and star-making performances from Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein. She employed hilarious stop motion techniques and stylish indie sensibility with the feel of a classic teenage coming-of-age romp.
So when she announced her next film, was going to be a thriller that’s a “love letter to movies that push the boundaries of our imagination” starring Florence Pugh and Harry Styles, there was no way this was not going to make it to the top of my most anticipated movies of 2022!
We’ve seen Pugh, one of the finest young actresses of her generation, traumatize audiences with the elevated horror classic, Midsommer (coincidentally released the same year as Booksmart). So seeing her return to a more thriller-based film after crushing the action game as Yelena Belova is going to be incredibly exciting! Combine this with Wilde’s vision, and I’m sure we’re in for a new classic.
But that’s not all though! The cast also includes Harry Styles, Chris Pine, and the always incredible Gemma Chan (not that we’re playing favorites, but… screw it, she’s my favorite!). At CinemaCon today, Wilde described the film as inspired by Inception, The Matrix and The Truman Show.
But what is the mysterious project about? WB just released an intriguing summary, which goes as follows:
A 1950s housewife (Pugh) living with her husband (Styles) in a utopian experimental community begins to worry that his glamorous company may be hiding disturbing secrets.
Here’s a first look at Pugh and Styles snuggling it up together. But just remember, not all is what it seems with the “happy” couple.
Don’t Worry Darling hits theaters this year on September 23, 2022!
Stay tuned to The Nerds of Color for more as it’s revealed!