All that glitters is not gold in the trailer for director Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry Darling, which sees a 50s housewife starting to suspect there are disturbing secrets behind the seemingly utopian experimental community in which she lives.
Wilde also stars in the film alongside Florence Pugh (Midsommar), Gemma Chan (Crazy Rich Asians), KiKi Layne (The Old Guard), Chris Pine (Star Trek), Harry Styles (Dunkirk), Nick Kroll (What We Do in the Shadows), Douglas Smith (Ouija), Timothy Simons (Goosebumps), Kate Berlant (Once upon a Time… In Hollywood), Asif Ali (WandaVision), Ari’el Stachel (Zola), and Sydney Chandler (Pistol). Katie Silberman (Booksmart) wrote the script for Don’t Worry Darling, based on a story by Silberman and Carey and Shane Van Dyke (Chernobyl Diaries).
In the psychological horror-thriller: “Alice (Pugh) and Jack (Styles) are lucky to be living in the idealised 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 Darling arrives in theatres on September 23rd. Check out the trailer below.
Words: Samantha McLaren (@themeatispeople)