Chris Pine, Florence Pugh and Shia LaBeouf are all on board to star in Olivia Wilde‘s Booksmart follow-up, a psychological thriller titled Don’t Worry, Darling. The project itself has been in the works since last August, but with Wilde now having added three top stars to the cast, this should get things seriously moving; post-pandemic, of course.
Pugh will play the lead — an unhappy housewife living in an isolated, utopian community in the California desert in the 1950s — while Wilde herself will tackle a key supporting role. Pine and LaBeouf’s roles are unknown right now, although it’s assumed that one of them will be playing Pugh’s husband.
Wilde is directing from a script by Katie Silberman, the Booksmart co-writer who rewrote the original script by Carey and Shane Van Dyke. New Line reportedly acquired the project in a hearted bidding war, so clearly Wilde’s critical success with Booksmart has turned plenty of heads.
Pugh is coming off a well deserved Oscar nomination for Little Women, and will next be seen in Marvel’s Black Widow whenever that eventually arrives. Pine will next be seen in Wonder Woman 1984, also has the thriller Violence Of Action already shot, and just signed on to star in Paramount’s The Saint remake.
LaBeouf is coming off a great year, having starred in both The Peanut Butter Falcon and Honey Boy, the latter of which he also wrote. He’ll next be seen in David Ayer‘s The Tax Collector and the indie drama Pieces Of A Woman.
Everything is in place to make Don’t Worry, Darling one of the most anticipated films of…whatever year it eventually comes out. It’s hard to make predictions right now. Wilde has also signed on to make a Kerry Strug biopic titled Perfect at some point, so after bursting onto the directing scene with Booksmart, thankfully she’s not lacking for opportunities.