- Olivia Wilde has broken her silence on Shia LaBeouf's exit from Don't Worry Darling.
- LaBeouf was initially cast as Jack in the upcoming thriller but was replaced by Harry Styles.
- "His process was not conducive to the ethos that I demand in my productions," Wilde told Variety in an interview.
For the first time, Olivia Wilde has spoken out about Shia LaBeouf's exit from Don't Worry Darling.
According to E! News, in April 2020, it was announced that the Transformers actor would star alongside Florence Pugh in the upcoming thriller. In December that year, the publication reported that LaBeouf was fired and that Harry Styles would replace him as Jack. Warner Bros cited a scheduling conflict for his departure at the time, according to Collider.
In an interview with Variety, Wilde addressed the 36-year-old's departure from the project.
"I say this as someone who is such an admirer of his work. His process was not conducive to the ethos that I demand in my productions. He has a process that, in some ways, seems to require a combative energy, and I don't personally believe that is conducive to the best performances," she told the publication.
"I believe that creating a safe, trusting environment is the best way to get people to do their best work. Ultimately, my responsibility is to the production and to the cast to protect them. That was my job."
In October 2020, LaBeouf was charged with misdemeanour battery and petty theft. Shortly after his exit from the film, his ex FKA Twigs filed a lawsuit, accusing LaBeouf of sexual battery, assault, infliction of emotional distress, and knowingly giving her an STD.
In May last year,LaBeouf was ordered to complete a judicial diversion programme within 12 months after appearing in court on misdemeanour, battery and petty theft charges from a 2020 confrontation.
"A lot came to light after this happened that really troubled me, in terms of his behaviour," said Wilde adding that she wishes him health and evolution because she believes in restorative justice.
"But for our film, what we really needed was an energy that was incredibly supportive. Particularly with a movie like this, I knew that I was going to be asking Florence to be in very vulnerable situations, and my priority was making her feel safe and making her feel supported."
Earlier this year, the 38-year-old praised Harry Styles' performance in the film and onset. In a post on Instagram, she said the singer allowed Pugh to hold centre stage.
"He didn't have to join our circus, but he jumped on board with humility and grace and blew us away every day with his talent, warmth, and ability to drive backwards," she wrote.
Don't Worry Darling, which will premiere at the Venice Film Festival at the end of the month, centres on a 1950s unhappy housewife who discovers a disturbing truth while her husband hides a dark secret.