Tomorrow the latest film from Olivia Wilde, Don’t Worry Darling, opens in theaters. It has a strong cast including Florence Pugh, who has been on quite a run the past four years. While you prepare for her latest outing, let’s take a look at four films that helped put her on the map.
Fighting With My Family (2019)
About: This is the true story of Saraya Knight, who made it into the world of professional wrestling. Pugh plays the lead here in a film that includes Lena Headey, Vince Vaughn and Dwayne Johnson. Pugh is strong in the lead role and this film has heart and humor, hailing from director Stephen Merchant.
About: In what amounts to about a 180-degree turn from the previous entry, Pugh takes the lead in this horror film from Ari Aster. Recovering from trauma, Pugh is part of a group of four friends that take a trip to Sweden. They stumble on a small village that at first seems an oasis and turns into a nightmare. This is a tough kind of film to pull off and while I didn’t love the finished product, Pugh established herself as a star with range.
Little Women (2019)
About: Finishing off a trio of major releases in the last year before the pandemic, Pugh plays Amy March. If you’re familiar with the story, it can be a tough role to play. But in Gretta Gerwig’s time-bending version of the classic tale, Pugh shines. She imbues Amy with heart and passion, creating a character that dominates her time on the screen.
Black Widow (2021)
About: Here, Pugh plays Yelena, sister to our hero Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson). Pugh is great in the action sequences but it’s her sense of humor that plays so well here. I loved her back-and-forth with Johansson. I also appreciated when she reprised the character in the Disney+ series Hawkeye. I hope we get to see more of her in the role.
Matthew Fox is a graduate of the Radio, Television and Film program at Biola University, and a giant nerd. He spends his free time watching movies, TV, and obsessing about football. He is a member of the FSWA. You can find him @knighthawk7734 on Twitter and as co-host of the Fantasy Football Roundtable Podcast.