Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for Olivia Wilde’s “Don’t Worry Darling.” The psychological thriller stars Florence Pugh (Oscar-nominated for “Little Women”), Harry Styles (“Dunkirk”), Wilde (upcoming “Babylon”), Gemma Chan (“Crazy Rich Asians”), KiKi Layne (“The Old Guard”) and Chris Pine (“All the Old Knives”) as happy folk living in idyllic suburbia where there are dark secrets hidden beneath its beautiful glistening surface.
It’s not too much of a stretch to see how “Don’t Worry Darling” is a reimagining of “The Stepford Wives.” “We men, we ask a lot,” Pine says in voiceover as footage shows their respective wives waving good-bye to their husbands in perfect unison. This community almost seems too perfect. In fact, it’s down right scary how nice and clean it looks, and how polite some of these people are. It then takes a turn as Pine concludes the voiceover with: “We ask for strength, food at home, a house clean, and discretion above all else.” From there, the earth shakes, which Wilde’s character seemingly brushes off by saying “Boys and their toys.”
But this suburbia has a few cracks in it as Alice starts to ask questions. The kind of questions that could get a couple into trouble. It seems that Wilde has crafted a scary mind-bending period piece.
Here’s the official plot synopsis for “Don’t Worry Darling:”
From New Line Cinema comes “Don’t Worry Darling,” directed by Olivia Wilde (“Booksmart”) and starring Florence Pugh (Oscar-nominated for “Little Women”), Harry Styles (“Dunkirk”), Wilde (upcoming “Babylon”), Gemma Chan (“Crazy Rich Asians”), KiKi Layne (“The Old Guard”) and Chris Pine (“All the Old Knives”).
Alice (Pugh) and Jack (Styles) are lucky to be living in the idealized community of Victory, the experimental company town housing the men who work for the top-secret Victory Project and their families. The 1950’s societal optimism espoused by their CEO, Frank (Pine)—equal parts corporate visionary and motivational life coach—anchors every aspect of daily life in the tight-knit desert utopia.
While the husbands spend every day inside the Victory Project Headquarters, working on the “development of progressive materials,” their wives—including Frank’s elegant partner, Shelley (Chan)—get to spend their time enjoying the beauty, luxury and debauchery of their community. Life is perfect, with every resident’s needs met by the company. All they ask in return is discretion and unquestioning commitment to the Victory cause.
But when cracks in their idyllic life begin to appear, exposing flashes of something much more sinister lurking beneath the attractive façade, Alice can’t help questioning exactly what they’re doing in Victory, and why. Just how much is Alice willing to lose to expose what’s really going on in this paradise?
“Don’t Worry Darlings” opens in theaters on September 23, 2022.