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‘Don’t Worry Darling’: Release Date, Cast, Plot & Everything We Know So Far

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The challenge for every great director is achieving an even more successful turnaround for their sophomore work as their debut. Eager to make sure that the odds are in her favor, Olivia Wilde is back in her second directorial film after working on the coming-of-age comedy Booksmart. The new feature, Don’t Worry Darling, is a psychological thriller set during the 50s featuring two of pop culture’s greatest names: Florence Pugh and Harry Styles. To keep you updated on all the details surrounding this anticipated film, here is a compilation of all the info that has already been revealed on Don’t Worry Darling that you need to know.

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Is There A Don’t Worry Darling Trailer?

There isn’t an official trailer yet, but there is a short teaser with rapid shots that bring enough mystery to keep you guessing. The clip features Pugh in a classic 50s hairdo, probably appreciating the glamorous housewife lifestyle. However, in the remaining seconds, we catch a glimpse of her exchanging a passionate scene with Styles’ character and gasping for air after having her face trapped in a plastic bag. From this, we can already tell that the psychological thriller won’t shy away from the madness.

When Is Don’t Worry Darling Hitting Theatres?

We do have an answer for this! The release date for Don’t Worry Darling was also included in the teaser trailer. The film will arrive in theatres on September 23, 2022! After production was halted twice due to crew testing positive for Covid-19, the film wrapped up in mid-February of this year. Actor Asif Ali shared a pic from set confirming the end of the shooting process by saying: “I’m so happy I got to learn, play, and build with these shiny gems. I wish I took more pics, but I didn’t want to get fired lol. DONT WORRY DARLING is coming!!”


The film was made during the pandemic because it was the only time that the people involved in the project would be available to take part in it. Wilde stated that Don’t Worry Darling couldn’t be deterred from its filming plans in a cover story for Vogue.

Who Is in The Cast of Don’t Worry Darling?

As previously mentioned, Florence Pugh is starring in the upcoming project. The Black Widow actress will play Alice, a 1950s housewife who starts to question her surroundings when sinister encounters take place in her utopian-like community in the California desert. Following her lead, Harry Styles will be Jack, Alice’s husband who holds a “dark secret”. The “Watermelon Sugar” singer joined the ensemble after Shia LaBeouf, originally set to play the part, left the project due to scheduling conflicts. Wilde was thrilled to have Styles on board and praised his posture on a social media post saying:

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“Not only did he relish the opportunity to allow for the brilliant @florencepugh to hold center stage as our ‘Alice’, but he infused every scene with a nuanced sense of humanity.”

LaBeouf wasn’t the only actor to be replaced in this film. Dakota Johnson was originally supposed to play Alice’s neighbor, a strange and paranoid woman who is responsible for warning Alice of what is happening in their community. Also due to scheduling conflicts, Johnson exited the project making way for If Beale Street Could Talk actress Kiki Layne to join the cast.

Wilde herself will be acting in the feature film, although we aren’t sure about her character’s identity just yet. Another well-known name confirmed in the cast is Chris Pine, who will play a venerated leader of a cult-like workplace. According to Wilde, Pine’s immediate response following the request to participate in the film was, “Yea, buddy of course!”


To top things off, Marvel alum and Styles’ fellow Eternals co-star Gemma Chan is also linked to Don’t Worry Darling as Shelley, but no further details about her character have been revealed.

What is Don’t Worry Darling About?

The thriller is set in the 1950s and is centered on a utopian community in California. With fancy outfits and seemingly nothing that can crumble the idealistic lifestyle, Alice begins to question her surroundings when unprecedented events take place. She also questions her sanity when no one but her neighbor seems to believe her. If Pugh impressed audiences with her mental breakdown while portraying Dani in Ari Aster’s Midsommar, we can anticipate an equally amusing performance in this film.

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Don’t Worry Darling’s screenplay was written by Katie Silberman. Silberman was also responsible for penning down the script for Wilde’s Booksmart and the Netflix rom-com Set It Up.


What’s Next for Olivia Wilde, Harry Styles, and Florence Pugh?

Things will definitely not slow down for the three big names involved in Don’t Worry Darling. Wilde is both starring in feature films and beginning her next directorial project. Wilde has been confirmed in the cast of Damian Chazelle’s next production entitled Babylon and will direct Thomasin McKenzie (Last Night in Soho) on Perfect, a biopic about American gymnast Kerri Strug.

As for Styles, the singer will not only share some new music soon, but he will also be the lead in an Amazon film called My Policeman. The story is adapted from the book with the same name written by Bethan Roberts. It centers on Tom, a policeman whose heart belongs to both his wife Marion (Emma Corrin) and his secret love interest Patrick (David Dawson).

Last but not least, Pugh has a lot coming her way past her participation as the Black Widow successor in the Marvel film. Not only was she recently featured in Hawkeye, but she is also confirmed to star in a murder mystery called The Maid, which is based on a novel by Nita Prose, set to come out this month. Pugh will also be seen in The Wonder and Good Person, where she will star opposite of Morgan Freeman.

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Review: SAMARITAN, A Sly Stallone Superhero Stumble

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Hitting the three-quarter-century mark usually means a retirement home, a nursing facility, or if you’re lucky to be blessed with relatively good health and savings to match, living in a gated community in Arizona or Florida.

For Sylvester Stallone, however, it means something else entirely: starring in the first superhero-centered film of his decades-long career in the much-delayed Samaritan. Unfortunately for Stallone and the audience on the other side of the screen, the derivative, turgid, forgettable results won’t get mentioned in a career retrospective, let alone among the ever-expanding list of must-see entries in a genre already well past its peak.

For Stallone, however, it’s better late than never when it involves the superhero genre. Maybe in getting a taste of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) with his walk-on role in the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel several years ago, Stallone thought anything Marvel can do, I can do even better (or just as good in the nebulous definition of the word).

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The property Stallone and his team found for him, Samaritan, a little-known graphic novel released by a small, almost negligible, publisher, certainly takes advantage of Stallone’s brute-force physicality and his often underrated talent for near-monosyllabic brooding (e.g., the Rambo series), but too often gives him to little do or say as the lone super-powered survivor, the so-called “Samaritan” of the title, of a lifelong rivalry with his brother, “Nemesis.” Two brothers entered a fire-ravaged building and while both were presumed dead, one brother did survive (Stallone’s Joe Smith, a garbageman by day, an appliance repairman by night).

In the Granite City of screenwriter Bragi F. Schut (Escape Room, Season of the Witch), the United States, and presumably the rest of the world, teeters on economic and political collapse, with a recession spiraling into a depression, steady gigs difficult, if not impossible, to obtain, and the city’s neighborhoods rocked by crime and violence. No one’s safe, not even 13-year-old Sam (Javon Walker), Joe’s neighbor.

When he’s not dodging bullies connected to a gang, he’s falling under the undue influence of Cyrus (Pilou Asbæk), a low-rent gang leader with an outsized ego and the conviction that he and only he can take on Nemesis’s mantle and along with that mantle, a hammer “forged in hate,” to orchestrate a Bane-like plan to plunge the city into chaos and become a wealthy power-broker in the process.

Schut’s woefully underwritten script takes a clumsy, haphazard approach to world-building, relying on a two-minute animated sequence to open Samaritan while a naive, worshipful Sam narrates Samaritan and Nemesis’s supposedly tragic, Cain and Abel-inspired backstory. Schut and director Julius Avery (Overlord) clumsily attempt to contrast Sam’s childish belief in messiah-like, superheroic saviors stepping in to save humanity from itself and its own worst excesses, but following that path leads to authoritarianism and fascism (ideas better, more thoroughly explored in Watchmen and The Boys).

While Sam continues to think otherwise, Stallone’s superhero, 25 years past his last, fatal encounter with his presumably deceased brother, obviously believes superheroes are the problem and not the solution (a somewhat reasonable position), but as Samaritan tracks Joe and Sam’s friendship, Sam giving Joe the son he never had, Joe giving Sam the father he lost to street violence well before the film’s opening scene, it gets closer and closer to embracing, if not outright endorsing Sam’s power fantasies, right through a literally and figuratively explosive ending. Might, as always, wins regardless of how righteous or justified the underlying action.

It’s what superhero audiences want, apparently, and what Samaritan uncritically delivers via a woefully under-rendered finale involving not just unconvincing CGI fire effects, but a videogame cut-scene quality Stallone in a late-film flashback sequence that’s meant to be subversively revelatory, but will instead lead to unintentional laughter for anyone who’s managed to sit the entirety of Samaritan’s one-hour and 40-minute running time.

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Samaritan is now streaming worldwide on Prime Video.

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  • Sylvester Stallone
  • Javon ‘Wanna’ Walton
  • Pilou Asbæk

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Matt Shakman Is In Talks To Direct ‘Fantastic Four’

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According to a new report, Wandavision’s Matt Shakman is in talks to direct the upcoming MCU project, Fantastic Four. Marvel Studios has been very hush-hush regarding Fantastic Four to the point where no official announcements have been made other than the film’s release date. No casting news or literally anything other than rumors has been released regarding the project. We know that Fantastic Four is slated for release on November 8th, 2024, and will be a part of Marvel’s Phase 6. There are also rumors that the cast of the new Fantastic Four will be announced at the D23 Expo on September 9th.

Fantastic Four is still over two years from release, and we assume we will hear more news about the project in the coming months. However, the idea of the Fantastic Four has already been introduced into the MCU. John Krasinski played Reed Richards aka Mr. Fantastic in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The cameo was a huge deal for fans who have been waiting a long time for the Fantastic Four to enter the MCU. When Disney acquired Twenty Century Fox in 2019 we assumed that the Fox Marvel characters would eventually make their way into the MCU. It’s been 3 years and we already have had an X-Men and Fantastic Four cameo – even if they were from another universe.

Deadline is reporting that Wandavision’s Matt Shakman is in talks to direct Fantastic Four. Shakman served as the director for Wandavision and has had an extensive career. He directed two episodes of Game of Thrones and an episode of The Boys, and he had a long stint on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. There is nothing official yet, but Deadline’s sources say that Shakman is currently in talks for the job and things are headed in the right direction.

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To be honest, I was a bit more excited when Jon Watts was set to direct. I’m sure Shakman is a good director, but Watts proved he could handle a tentpole superhero film with Spider-Man: Homecoming. Wandavision was good, but Watts’ style would have been perfect for Fantastic Four. The film is probably one of the most anticipated films in Marvel’s upcoming slate films and they need to find the best person they can to direct. Is that Matt Shakman? It could be, but whoever takes the job must realize that Marvel has a lot riding on this movie. The other Fantastic Four films were awful and fans deserve better. Hopefully, Marvel knocks it out of the park as they usually do. You can see for yourself when Fantastic Four hits theaters on November 8th, 2024.

Film Synopsis: One of Marvel’s most iconic families makes it to the big screen: the Fantastic Four.

Source: Deadline

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Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase Star in ‘Zombie Town’ Mystery Teen Romancer (Exclusive)

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Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase have entered Zombie Town, a mystery teen romancer based on author R.L. Stine’s book of the same name.

The indie, now shooting in Ontario, also stars Henry Czerny and co-teen leads Marlon Kazadi and Madi Monroe. The ensemble cast includes Scott Thompson and Bruce McCulloch of the Canadian comedy show Kids in the Hall.

Canadian animator Peter Lepeniotis will direct Zombie Town. Stine’s kid’s book sees a quiet town upended when 12-year-old Mike and his friend, Karen, see a horror movie called Zombie Town and unexpectedly see the title characters leap off the screen and chase them through the theater.

Zombie Town will premiere in U.S. theaters before streaming on Hulu and then ABC Australia in 2023.

“We are delighted to bring the pages of R.L. Stine’s Zombie Town to the screen and equally thrilled to be working with such an exceptional cast and crew on this production. A three-time Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award winner with book sales of over $500 million, R.L. Stine has a phenomenal track record of crafting stories that engage and entertain audiences,” John Gillespie, Trimuse Entertainment founder and executive producer, said in a statement.

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Executive producers are Trimuse Entertainment, Toonz Media Group, Lookout Entertainment, Viva Pictures and Sons of Anarchy actor Kim Coates.  

Paco Alvarez and Mark Holdom of Trimuse negotiated the deal to acquire the rights to Stine’s Zombie Town book.

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