EXCLUSIVE, UPDATED: With statement from NATO CinemaCon Managing Director The mystery packet picked up by Don’t Worry Darling director and star Olivia Wilde during her CinemaCon presentation last night for the New Line film was legal docs from Ted Lasso star Jason Sudeikis, like something out of a cliched Hollywood scenario.
The manila packet labelled “personal and confidential” that was placed onstage, according to our sources, included custody documents from the Emmy winner.
Wilde and Sudeikis have been separated since late 2020, and they have two children together. Although the pair was engaged, they never married.
Deadline has reached out to representatives for both Wilde and Sudeikis, and we will update as soon as we hear back.
While reps are usually quiet, what happened on Tuesday was, at least figuratively, a very loud performance.
Wilde was briefly halted at a Warner Bros. CinemaCon discussion at Caesars Palace’s The Colosseum when an unidentified person approached from the front rows and slipped a manila envelope across the stage toward her.
“This is for me?” Wilde asked.
She took the envelope off the shelf and opened it. Wilde, on the other hand, remained unfazed by what must have been a shock. With her personal life thrust into the spotlight, the director continued to speak to the audience, which was mostly made up of exhibitors, about her project. The trailer for Don’t Worry Darling was greeted with thunderous applause.
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The contents of the envelope were initially thought to be an unsolicited script, according to Deadline. We now know, however, that this is not the case.
It’s hard to recall a spontaneous occasion at CinemaCon featuring an audience member intruding on a star onstage in recent memory, and this obviously raises security concerns. It’s also a savage tactic to use legal papers to ruin a star’s moment of glory on stage in front of 4,100 people in the film industry. When someone is served with legal documents, the process is organised by the person who is actually serving the paperwork. Non-industry participants must acquire a badge in order to enter the Colosseum during CinemaCon.
Certainly, what happened in Sin City last night raises major concerns regarding the screening of CinemaCon participants.
When Deadline asked how the person got into the building or who they were, those in charge of the concert at the Colosseum said they had no idea. In actuality, the Warner presentation was simply continued by CinemaCon producers.
It’s worth noting that CinemaCon has a large security presence, which checks luggage for recording and dangerous equipment and shepherds the crowd in and out of the event after each studio presentation. When Deadline contacted CinemaCon, they had no reaction.
“There has never been an incidence in the history of the convention where a delegate approached the stage who was not permitted to be there.” We are reevaluating our security policies in light of this event to protect the safety of all our participants,” stated Mitch Neuhauser, Managing Director of CinemaCon, in a statement to Deadline.
Don’t Worry Darling, by Oscar Wilde, will be released on September 23. New Line won out over eighteen studios in a bidding war for the thriller, which will be funded in the $20 million range. Alice is played by Florence Pugh, a 1950s housewife whose husband, Jack (Harry Styles), works for the Victory Project, a mysterious organisation. The organisation is likely to have a significant impact on the world as we know it. The women of the community are instructed to remain indoors, but Alice has her suspicions after seeing violent deeds. The clip is edgy, with plenty of sensual encounters between Pugh and Styles.