Florence Pugh skips ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ Venice press conference

The actress flies to Venice from the set of Dune: Part II, but won’t speak to the press about the film.

As the world premiere of Don’t Worry Darling nears the Venice International Film Festival, rumors continue to circulate about troubled production and alleged power struggles between the cast. Many expected those rumors to either be finally quashed or come to a head at the film’s premiere, where director Olivia Wilde would be in attendance with stars Harry Styles and Florence Pugh.

Pugh was always expected to make a brief appearance at the Venice premiere, flying in from Budapest (where she’s currently filming Dune: Part II) for the occasion. However, a new report from Variety revealed that while the actress is honoring her commitment to attend the event, she won’t be attending the press conference to promote the film. IndieWire has reached out to Pugh’s rep for comment.

The news will almost certainly pour gas on the rumor that Pugh and Wilde are in the midst of some sort of feud. Many suspected the dispute stemmed from reports that Pugh was being paid less than her co-star Harry Styles, who began a romantic relationship with Wilde soon after being cast. For her part, the director has firmly denied this rumour.

“There was a lot out there that I mostly don’t pay attention to,” Wilde said recently. “But the absurdity of the contrived clickbait and subsequent reaction to a nonexistent pay gap between our leading and supporting actors really upset me. I’m a woman who’s been in this business for over 20 years and it’s something I’ve fought for myself and others, especially as a director. There is absolutely no validity to these claims.”

Those rumors were followed by conflicting stories about Shia LaBeouf’s exit from the film. LaBeouf was originally set to play the role of Styles, but Wilde claimed he was fired because of the abuse allegations surrounding him and the intimate nature of the scenes he would have had to film with Pugh. But then LaBeouf released an email exchange between him and Wilde claiming he had left the film, as well as a video of Wilde asking him to stay involved with the project.

Pugh has not yet made any official comments regarding the situation with LaBeouf or her current relationship with Wilde. Observers expecting their questions to be answered this weekend will have to keep waiting.

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