The first official trailer for Olivia Wilde’s creepy 1950s thriller Don’t Worry Darling has finally been released, giving fans a rare glimpse at music star Harry Styles’ debut leading role. Unsettling and unashamed, the film‘s teaser starts out as a stock-standard ride through the social normalities of mid-century living but quickly turns nasty, in more ways than one. Watermelon Sugar, indeed.
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While Styles may play leading man Jack, much of Don’t Worry Darling revolves around co-star Florence Pugh, who steals the show as suburban housewife Alice. Living out a postcard-perfect life in the picturesque town of Victory, a sprawling urban oasis set up by an experimental company, the two appear to have all things sorted. Alice tends to the ambitiously decorated home paid for via Jack’s full commitment to the mysterious Victory Project and together they build a budding friendship with their well-to-do neighbours. But all is not what it seems.
Working under the unnervingly positive CEO Frank, played to cult leader perfection by Chris Pine, Alice and Jack’s Stepford Wives situation steadily grows more eery. As boredom takes hold, Alice begins to question the hidden secrets that lie beneath the surface of Victory, revealing a far more sinister plan may be at play. Questioning utopia is never popular, however, and Alice’s concerns fall on deaf ears, all bar Frank who appears a little perturbed by her theories.
“Everyone is acting like I’m crazy,” she says. “And I’m not crazy.”
The new psychological thriller comes by way of Booksmart‘s Olivia Wilde, and stars music icon Harry Styles, alongside Oscar nominee Florence Pugh and Chris Pine. An interesting mid-century take on the genre, the film was penned by Booksmart writer Katie Silberman, based on a story by Carey Van Dyke & Shane Van Dyke and Silberman, however, there is a familiarity here. The idealistic nature of the artificial town, the smooth-talking too-good-to-be-true CEO and the dark secrets that lie underneath the surface bear a striking resemblance to the classic You Only Move Twice Simpsons episode from season eight.
With Homer poached from the power plant and thrust into the world of Globex Corporation, helmed by the enigmatic Hank Scorpio, the four-fingered family finds themselves in the utopian town of Cypress Creek. However, paradise doesn’t last, with Marge bored, she turns to drinking and searching for hidden secrets that lie beneath the town’s perfect exterior, much like Pugh’s leading lady Alice. While we’d stop short of saying Simpsons did it first, we do hold hope that Pine will offer Styles some sort of business hammock when the film is finally released in theatres on September 23. You can watch the first official trailer above.