TO UPDATE: Shia LaBeouf has denied being fired from Do not worry honey by Olivia Wilde, saying instead that she decided to drop out of the project due to lack of rehearsal time. She provided Variety with text, video, and email to support her version of her story, and you can read about it HERE. In the email she writes, “I never got fired, Olivia. And while I fully understand the appeal of pushing that story because of the current social landscape, the social currency that it brings. It is not the truth.
More on this to come, but in the meantime do not worry honey is still scheduled to debut at the Venice Film Festival next week,
The original article follows:
In April 2020, it was announced that Shia LaBeouf (Rage) would star opposite Florence Pugh (midsummer) in director Olivia Wilde’s psychological thriller Do not worry honey. Then in September of that year, it was said that LaBeouf had to leave the project due to “scheduling conflicts” and would be replaced by recording artist Harry Styles (Dunkirk). But it turns out there were no scheduling conflicts. In a new interview with Variety, Wilde admitted that he fired LaBeouf.
I say this as someone who is a huge fan of your work. His process was not conducive to the ethos that I demand in my productions. It has a process that, in a way, seems to require a combative energy and, personally, I don’t think it’s conducive to the best performances. I believe that creating a safe and trusting environment is the best way to get people to do their best work. Ultimately, my responsibility is to the production and cast to protect them. That was my job. … A lot came to light after this happened that really worried me, in terms of his behavior. I find myself really wishing him health and evolution because I believe in restorative justice. But for our film, what we really needed was an energy that was incredibly supportive. Particularly with a film like this, I knew I was going to ask Florence to be in very vulnerable situations, and my priority was to make her feel safe and supported.”
Written by Carey and Shane Van Dyke, with rewrites by Wilde and Katie Silberman, Do not worry honey it is set “in an isolated, utopian community in the California desert of the 1950s”. It’s about what happens when “a 1950s housewife living with her husband in a utopian experimental community begins to worry that her glamorous company may be harboring disturbing secrets.” Here’s the long official synopsis:
Alice and Jack are lucky enough to live in the idealized community of Victory, the experimental company town that houses the men who work for the top-secret Victory project and their families. The 1950s social optimism espoused by its CEO, Frank, equal parts corporate visionary and motivational life coach, anchors all aspects of daily life in the tight-knit desert utopia.
While the husbands spend each day inside the Victoria Project headquarters, working on “progressive materials development,” their wives, including Frank’s elegant partner Shelley, spend their time basking in the beauty, luxury, and debauchery of your community. Life is perfect, with the needs of each resident met by the company. All they ask in return is discretion and an unconditional commitment to the cause of Victory.
But when cracks begin to appear in her idyllic life, exposing glimpses of something far more sinister lurking beneath the handsome facade, Alice can’t help but question exactly what they’re doing at Victory and why. How much is Alice willing to lose to expose what is really going on in this paradise?
Pugh plays Alice, with Styles as her perfect husband Jack, who is keeping a dark secret from her. Chris Pine plays Frank, “the revered leader of a mysterious workplace where all the men work on the outskirts of town.” Gemma Chan is Frank’s elegant partner, Shelley. KiKi Layne and Nick Kroll are also in the Do not worry honey cast, with Wilde reserving a “key supporting role” for her. Pine has described the story as “so captivating and funny and dark and twisted”.
Wilde and Silberman produced Do not worry honey with Roy Lee and Miri Yoon of Vertigo Entertainment. Catherine Hardwicke executive produced alongside the Van Dykes. Richard Brener, Daria Cercek and Celia Khong supervised the project for New Line Cinema.
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Do not worry honey is having a theatrical release on September 23dr.
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