UPDATED 5/2, 1:55 p.m.: High-quality video of the moment has emerged. In the clip below, Wilde kneels down to accept an envelope at the front of the stage. “This is for me? Right now? … This is very mysterious. I’m gonna open it now because it feels like it’s timely. Is it a script?”
She takes half a beat to examine the papers before flatly uttering, “Oh. Okay. Got it, thank you.”
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Deadline has learned that the mysterious manila envelope given to Olivia Wilde during the CinemaCon presentation of her upcoming film Don’t Worry Darling were custody papers from her ex-fiancé and father of their two children, Jason Sudeikis.
Wilde was presenting her latest directorial feature on Tuesday when someone approached the stage and slid an envelope towards her. “This is for me?” she asked before opening it. A seemingly unfazed Wilde continued speaking to the crowd with the envelope in her hands before debuting the first full trailer, which was met with “great applause.”
It was initially reported that the envelope marked “Personal and Confidential” contained an unsolicited script.
A spokesperson for Sudeikis said Wednesday that the Ted Lasso star “had no prior knowledge of the time or place that the envelope would have been delivered as this would solely be up to the process service company involved and he would never condone her being served in such an inappropriate manner.” The plan to hand-deliver the custody papers to Wilde at CinemaCon was allegedly orchestrated by his attorneys.
CinemaCon head Mitch Neuhauser toldThe Hollywood Reporter that security protocols will be reevaluated after someone was not only able to attend the presentation at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, but managed to get close enough to Wilde to pass the envelope to her.
According to People, Wilde took time during her presentation to praise lead Florence Pugh, whom she said the film “lives or dies” based on her role. She also jokingly referred to her boyfriend and Pugh’s co-star Harry Styles as “an up-and-coming actor with no other career that I’m aware of.” Styles assumed the role previously held by Shia LaBeouf, who was reportedly fired for violating Olivia’s “zero asshole policy” on set.
Wilde posted a lengthy message on Instagram, applauding Styles for taking on a supporting role in a female-led movie, a dynamic she said most male actors wouldn’t want to do. “Not only did he relish the opportunity to allow for the brilliant @florencepugh to hold center stage as our ‘Alice,’ but he infused every scene with a nuanced sense of humanity,” she wrote.
Sudeikis briefly touched on the aftermath of his decade-long relationship with Wilde in the August 2021 issue of GQ. “That’s an experience that you either learn from or make excuses about,” he said. “You take some responsibility for it, hold yourself accountable for what you do, but then also endeavor to learn something beyond the obvious from it.”
Don’t Worry Darling is scheduled to hit theaters on Sept. 23.