Olivia Wilde Reportedly Fired Shia LaBeouf from ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ Ahead of Filming
In late April it was announced that Olivia Wilde had cast Florence Pugh and Shia LaBeouf to star in the psychological thriller "Don't Worry Darling," her highly anticipated second directorial work after the success of "Booksmart". By September LaBeouf had been replaced by Harry Styles as the male lead in the film. The deadline reported at the time that LaBeouf "left the project due to a planning conflict," says a new variety report that LaBeouf was fired from the project by Wilde for allegedly bad behavior.
Variety reported, “In September LaBeouf was officially removed from the project. Instead, studio sources announced that Harry Styles would replace him, citing a planning conflict. Turns out that wasn't the whole story. Variety has learned that LaBeouf has been removed from the film. Although filming hadn't started when LaBeouf left, insiders close to the project said LaBeouf had shown bad behavior and his style clashed with the cast and crew, including Wilde, who ultimately fired him.
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"He's not easy to work with," a source close to Don't Worry Darling told Variety, adding that the actor was "repulsive" to Wilde and other members of the cast and crew. The source noted that Wilde "is known for creating collaborative sets with a zero asshole policy".
LaBeouf's alleged release from "Don't Worry Darling" came about three months before singer and actress FKA Twigs filed a lawsuit against LaBeouf for alleged sexual battery and abuse. FKA Twigs starred alongside LaBeouf in the film "Honey Boy" and the two artists were about a year old. The lawsuit alleged, among other things, that LaBeouf was violent attackers, including strangulation and knowingly inflicting a sexually transmitted disease on FKA Twins. Wilde was one of several women in Hollywood who showed support for FKA Twigs on social media.
Following the lawsuit, Netflix removed LaBeouf's name from the pages of the FYC award campaign for its upcoming drama, Pieces of a Woman. The film, directed by Kornél Mundruczó, stars LaBeouf alongside Vanessa Kirby, who won the Best Actress Award at the Venice Film Festival and is widely regarded as the lead candidate for an Oscar nomination.
"These are grave allegations that were difficult to read," Mundruczó told Variety in his first statement on the lawsuit against LaBeouf. “My heart was filled with grief and sorrow as I read the reports. I believe all people should feel like they can come forward and tell their truth. I stand by you We pride ourselves that the film focuses on the complexity and beauty of a female journey. Our focus remains on shedding light on our deeply personal story. "
IndieWire reached out to representatives from Wilde and LaBeouf for further comment on the actor's alleged release from "Don't Worry Darling." Go to Variety to read more from the report.
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