Olivia Wilde served legal papers live on stage at CinemaCon

The package, which the actress and director assumed was a script, turned out to be legal documents concerning Wilde's children with her ex-partner Jason Sudeikis

Olivia Wilde, director of the coming film 'Don't Worry Darling', with the envelope that she thought contained a script. AP
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When Olivia Wilde was handed a mysterious envelope on stage midway through her presentation before a packed Las Vegas audience, many assumed it was the set-up for an elaborate joke.

Instead, she was getting served legal papers from her ex-partner Jason Sudeikis.

"This is for me, right?" asked Wilde, interrupted while introducing footage from her coming thriller Don't Worry Darling during Warner Bros' presentation at CinemaCon, the annual movie industry gathering.

US director and actress Olivia Wilde reads legal papers served to her live on stage during a CinemaCon 2022 presentation at Caesars Palace Las Vegas on April 26. AFP

"Very mysterious. I'm going to open it now," she said, opening an envelope marked "Personal and Confidential" after it was slid calmly on to the stage by an unknown person.

Glancing at its contents, she asked, "Is this a script? OK, got it. Thank you," before returning to her description of her thriller, hardly missing a beat.

The envelope was never referred to again during the presentation, prompting speculation that somebody had tried to slip a new screenplay to the actor-director.

But it emerged on Wednesday that the document held legal papers concerning the two children Wilde has with her former partner Sudeikis, star of television comedy Ted Lasso.

"Papers were drawn up to establish jurisdiction relating to the children of Ms Wilde and Mr Sudeikis," a source close to Sudeikis told AFP.

"Mr Sudeikis 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."

Wilde's representatives did not respond to a request for comment.

Don't Worry Darling, a twisty thriller inspired by The Truman Show and Inception, stars Harry Styles, who is currently dating Wilde.

Updated: April 28, 2022, 6:02 AM