Florence Pugh talks about role swapping and more in an interview Harpers Bazaar.
Wilde was originally supposed to play the film’s protagonist, Alice, and Pugh was to play Bunny, a role that Harper described as “the wife next door with an amazing wardrobe and killer one-liners”.
In her interview, Pugh explained that when the pandemic hit in March 2020 and disrupted all schedules, it was decided that she and Wild would switch roles. Pugh also said that she was glad to get the part of Alice because “I love playing an unhappy woman.” Anyone who has seen her role as Dani in 2019’s Somnic Solstice will agree.
Olivia Wilde was originally announced to direct, produce and star in the film when New Line Cinema won an auction to finance the film in August 2019 (via Term). Pugh was announced as the main character of the film in April 2020, about a month after the pandemic arrived in the United States (via Term). So, the decision to change roles was made at the beginning of the pandemic.
Don’t Worry Darling marks Wilde’s second feature-length directorial effort since 2019’s The Bookstore, and it will be Wilde’s first film in which she also starred, though, again, not in the title role (via IMDb). Casting yourself into a leading role is a challenge that will have to wait.