Last week, director Olivia Wilde took the stage during the presentation of Warner Bros. at CinemaCon to preview the first trailer for his upcoming thriller, Don’t Worry Darling, which stars Florence Pugh (Midsommar, Black Widow), Harry Styles (Dunkirk), Gemma Chan (Eternals), KiKi Layne (The Old Guard) and Chris Pine (Star Trek, Wonder Woman).
Unfortunately, the presentation was overshadowed for reasons unrelated to the film itself. Putting aside all the tabloid nonsense that surrounds Don’t Worry Darling, Warner Bros. has now released the movie’s trailer for everyone – though we imagine tongues wagging for entirely different reasons.
Both steamy and nightmarish, Don’t Worry Darling is a psychological thriller that feels radically different from Wilde’s first film, the excellent teen comedy Booksmart. You can check out the first trailer for Don’t Worry Darling below.
Don’t look darling: what is it?
Don’t Worry Darling is set in the community of Victory, which the film’s synopsis describes as an “experimental corporate town home to the men who work for the top-secret Victory project and their families.”
The community is led by company CEO Frank (Pine), who has created an environment inspired by “1950s societal optimism”. Acting as both “a business visionary and a motivational life coach”, Frank’s influence weighs on every member of this utopian society.
While the town’s husbands work at the Victory Project headquarters, their wives enjoy a life of seemingly perfect luxury within the community – which is provided entirely by the company, provided the wives adhere to its rules of “discretion and unconditional”. commitment to the cause of Victory.”
Of course, we’ve read enough of Huxley, Bradbury, and Orwell to know that any society founded on utopian ideals usually hides something dark and sinister beyond its glossy veneer, and the trailer for Don’t Worry Darling certainly suggests it.
Before long, Alice (Pugh) begins to notice cracks in the facade of the idyllic town, causing her to question the motives and operations of the business, worrying her husband, Jack (Styles), and causing anger of Frank.
Our take: Wilde is onto another winner
During his presentation at CinemaCon, Wilde (who also stars in the film) compared Don’t Worry Darling to classic films such as The Matrix, Inception and The Truman Show. Considering it’s kind of a false reality, we’re definitely seeing some of that inspiration, along with shades of The Stepford Wives and even Get Out.
Needless to say, we can’t wait to see more Don’t Worry Darling, which looks like a beautifully photographed, mind-bending thriller with possible sci-fi elements.
Luckily, we won’t have to wait long – Don’t Worry Darling is set to release on September 3, 2022 and will arrive exclusively in theaters.