KiKi Layne and Gemma Chan Join Harry Styles and Florence Pugh in Upcoming Film ‘Don’t Worry Darling’
KiKi Layne and Gemma Chan are the newest editions to Olivia Wilde’s highly-anticipated project Don’t Worry Darling.
Layne is reportedly stepping into the role that was originally given to Dakota Johnson. According to Deadline, Johnson had to drop out due to “scheduling conflicts” with Maggie Gyllenhaal’s upcoming film.
KiKi Layne And Gemma Chan Join New Line And Olivia Wilde’s ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ https://t.co/jUJoMiumla
— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) October 7, 2020
The synopsis of the project has been mostly kept under wraps other than the reveal that it’s set in an “isolated, utopian community in the 1950s.”
Layne and Chan are joining a stacked cast that includes Florence Pugh (Little Women), Harry Styles (Dunkirk), and Chris Pine (Wonder Woman). Pugh and Styles are set to play husband and wife in the film, with Styles being described as a picture-perfect husband who is hiding a dark secret.
Wilde confirmed the new casting news on Twitter with the caption, “Margaret & Shelley. #DontWorryDarling.”
— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) October 7, 2020
Layne is best known for her portrayal in the Oscar-winning film If Beale Street Could Talk and the recent Netflix release The Old Guard. Chan starred in the 2018 phenomenon Crazy Rich Asians and appeared alongside Brie Larson in Marvel Entertainment’s Captain Marvel.
Wilde is widely known for her successful directorial debut Booksmart and her recent tie to a secret Marvel project.
The film is being co-written by Katie Silberman, Carey Van Dyke, and Shane Van Dyke. The Van Dyke’s are executive producing the project with Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight). Wilde, Silberman, Roy Lee, and Miri Yoon are producers.
Recently, the film has been the subject of criticism by fans for its lack of diversity. With the recent casting of Layne and Chan, fans have been sharing their approval online.