Rumours of a feud between Olivia Wilde and Florence Pugh on the set of Don’t Worry Darling have intensified after a leaked video confirms tension between the two women.

In the hotly anticipated movie, Florence Pugh is playing one of the main characters Alice, who is dating Harry Styles’ character Jack. The movie is directed by Styles’ real-life girlfriend, Olivia Wilde.

There has been a lot of speculation that Pugh and Wilde have rubbed each other up the wrong way during filming, which gained traction when Pugh barely promoted the film on her own social media accounts and didn’t hit like on a post by Wilde about Don’t Worry Darling that praised the 26-year-olds work.

In related Don’t Worry Darling-drama, Shia LaBeouf was originally cast in Styles’ part but left the movie due to reported scheduling conflicts. The plot thickened when Wilde claimed LaBeouf had been fired from the movie in a recent interview. He refuted the claim and shortly after, a video conveniently leaked in which Wilde can be heard begging the actor to stay on the movie.

“Shia, Shia, Shia…,” Wilde says in the video. “I just went riding with my horse, [I’m] very sweaty, but I wanted to reach out because I feel like I’m not ready to give up on this yet.”

The actress-turned-director continues to speak and makes some thinly veiled jabs about Pugh.

“And, I too am heartbroken, and I want to figure this out. You know, I think this might be a bit of a wake-up call for Miss Flo.

“And I wanna know if you’re open to giving this a shot, with me. With us. If [Florence] really commits, if she really puts her mind and heart into it, at this point.

“And if you guys can make peace, and I respect your point of view, and I respect hers, if you guys can do it – what do you think? Is there hope? Will you let me know?”

The movie is set to premiere at the 79th Venice International Film Festival, which begins on August 31st, 2022, it’s scheduled to be released in Australia theatres on October 6th, 2022.

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