From Netflix’s “East of Eden” to collaborating with co-star Zach Braff, here are all the projects the Oscar nominee has in the works.
It’s only been eight years since Florence Pugh made her big-screen breakthrough in 2016’s ‘Lady Macbeth’, but the ‘Midsommar’ icon has taken over Hollywood.
The Oscar nominee made waves with “Little Women” and MCU installments “Black Widow” and “Hawkeye,” but Pugh is just getting started (especially when it comes to literary adaptations). The actress is set to produce her first two films, as well as voice Goldilocks in her first turn in an animated feature with “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish.”
And don’t forget Pugh’s raunchy and already viral portrayal of a 1950s housewife in Olivia Wilde’s second film “Don’t Worry Darling” opposite Harry Styles.
Check out everything Pugh has in the works below.
“Don’t Worry Honey”
Olivia Wilde directs the psychological thriller in theaters September 23 from Warner Bros. Pugh plays Alice, the wife of Jack (Styles), who begins to question her 1950s utopia. According to an official synopsis, the pair are lucky enough to live in Victory, the company’s experimental town home to the working men. for the top secret Victory project and their families.
“Life is perfect, with every resident’s needs met by the company,” the description reads. “All they ask in return is an unconditional commitment to the cause of Victory. But when cracks in their idyllic life begin to appear, exposing flashes of something far more sinister lurking beneath the attractive facade, Alice can’t help but wonder what they’re doing in Victory and why. How much is Alice willing to lose to expose what’s really going on in Heaven? »
Darren Aronofsky’s longtime cinematographer, Matthew Libatique, serves as cinematographer for the film, which is already making waves for its stunning visuals (hint: Pugh’s character, Saran, wrapping herself a la ” The Batman” Riddler.) The film is already drawing comparisons to “Fatal Attraction” and “Indecent Proposal” as Wilde noted its directing influences.
“Puss in Boots: The Last Wish”
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Slated for a December 21 release, Dreamworks Animation’s sequel and “Shrek” spin-off have a star-studded cast. Antonio Banderas returns to voice the titular Puss, with Salma Hayek Pinault reprising her role as Kitty Softpaws. “What We Do in the Shadows” star Harvey Guillén makes his franchise debut as the dog Perro. Pugh plays Goldilocks, Wagner Moura is the Big Bad Wolf, Mama Bear is voiced by Olivia Colman, and Ray Winstone is Papa Bear. Samson Kayo plays Baby Bear and John Mulaney is Jack Horner in the fantasy adventure film directed by Joel Crawford.
Emma Donoghue’s psychological thriller “The Wonder” is being adapted for Netflix. Donoghue’s other book, “Room,” earned Pugh’s MCU staple Brie Larson an Oscar nod.
Set in 1862, Pugh plays English nurse Lib Wright who is brought to a small Irish village to observe a girl who is said to have survived without food for a month. However, Lib soon finds himself fighting to save the child’s life as a reporter is also sent to cover the phenomenon. According to an official description, “The Wonder” is “a tale of two strangers who transform each other, a psychological thriller and a love story against evil.”
Ciarán Hinds, Toby Jones, Niamh Algar and Elaine Cassidy also star. “Gloria Bell” and “A Fantastic Woman” director Sebastián Lelio is directing the film and co-writing the screenplay with “Conversations with Friends” and “Normal People” scribe Alice Birch.
“A good person”
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Zach Braff writes, directs and produces the drama set in New Jersey set for release March 24, 2023. Pugh plays Allison, a woman who survives a fatal accident and forms an unlikely relationship with her would-be stepfather, portrayed by Morgan Freeman. Molly Shannon, Celeste O’Connor, Zoe Lister-Jones and Chinaza Uche round out the cast. Pugh also makes her producing debut with the film, which serves as a reunion for Freeman and director Braff after 2017’s “Going in Style.”
Who is not in “Oppenheimer”?! Christopher Nolan’s latest historical drama boasts a massive cast led by Cillian Murphy who plays the titular scientist Robert J. Oppenheimer, known as the father of the atomic bomb. Emily Blunt stars as Oppenheimer’s wife, biologist and botanist Katherine “Kitty” Oppenheimer, with Matt Damon as General Leslie Groves Jr., director of the Manhattan Project, and Robert Downey Jr. as Lewis Strauss, founding commissioner of the US Atomic Energy Commission. Pugh plays psychiatrist Jean Tatlock, Benny Safdie is theoretical physicist Edward Teller, Michael Angarano takes on Robert Serber, and Josh Hartnett plays pioneering American nuclear scientist Ernest Lawrence.
“Oppenheimer” is Nolan’s first film with Universal Pictures after his Warner Bros. fought over during the pandemic release of “Tenet,” which saw a shortened theatrical window in favor of the HBO Max game. The film is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book “American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer,” by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin. “Oppenheimer” is slated for a theatrical release on July 21, 2023.
“Dune: Part Two”
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Pugh has signed on for Denis Villeneuve’s epic sequel “Dune” to play Princess Irulan Corrino opposite returning stars Zendaya, Timothée Chalamet and Javier Bardem. Christopher Walken, Austin Butler and Léa Seydoux are among the new faces of the sci-fi franchise; “Dune: Part Two” is slated for release on October 20, 2023.
“It’s like a game of chess,” director Villeneuve previously said. “Some new characters will be introduced in part two, and a decision I made early on was that part one would be more about Paul Atreides and the Bene Gesserit, and his experience of first coming into contact with a another Culture Part two, there will be a lot more Harkonnen stuff.
Pugh is producing a feature film adaptation of Nita Prose’s novel “The Maid” about a hotel housekeeper who struggles with social anxiety. Pugh will also play the lead role of Molly, whose life is turned upside down after she finds a hotel guest dead in her room. Molly soon becomes the prime suspect due to her offbeat behavior, but it’s up to her to crack the case and clear her name. Drawing parallels with “Clue”, the novel is a bestseller.
“East of Eden”
Zoe Kazan is writing and producing an adaptation of John Steinbeck’s “East of Eden” for an upcoming Netflix limited series, starring Pugh as anti-heroine Cathy Ames. Kazan’s grandfather Elia Kazan brought the novel to the big screen in 1955, starring James Dean. The role of Cathy Ames was portrayed by Jo Van Fleet, who won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Jane Seymour then took on the role for an ABC miniseries adaptation in 1982 and received the Golden Globe for Best Actress.
“More than anything, I wanted to give full expression to the novel’s stunning and singular anti-heroine, Cathy Ames,” Kazan said in a press release. “Florence Pugh is our dream Cathy; I can’t imagine a more exciting actor to bring this character to life. Writing this limited series over the past two years has been the creative highlight of my life. I hope that together with our partners at Netflix, Anonymous Content and Endeavor Content, we can do this material justice and shine a new light on it for 21st century audiences.