What do you get when you put together a pop star and the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force and other Allied troops from the French seaport of Dunkirk to England during World War II? The answer is apparentlyChristopher Nolan’s forthcoming World War II action-thriller “Dunkirk.”
On March 11, popular entertainment site “Deadline” broke the news that One Direction’s Harry Styles was offered a role in what will be his first feature-length film. The next day, the report was confirmed, and it was announced that Styles had indeed landed a role in “Dunkirk.”
It is unknown the size of the role Styles will play, but most believe it will only be a small part. Nevertheless, it will most likely be enough to bring young girls near and far to movie theaters around the world to gawk at him on the big screen.
Styles will appear alongside stars such as Tom Hardy, Oscar-winner Mark Rylance and Sir Kenneth Branagh. While it might seem intimidating to make an acting debut next to such large names, Styles will not have to face the pressure by himself. Fionn Whitehead, another acting-newcomer, has also been signed on to star in the film.
Styles first made hearts melt when he joined forces with four other boys, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik (who has since left the band), Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson, on the British singing competition television show “The X Factor” to form the now-famous boy band, One Direction. Even if his acting career does take off after starring in the film, it will come nowhere close to the amount of success Styles saw while in One Direction.
In August 2015, One Direction announced they would be going on an “extended hiatus” to pursue individual endeavors. Many fans speculated what the boys would be seen doing during the break, many even guessing Styles would try his hand at acting.
This film will not be the first the world has seen of Styles’ acting chops, having appeared as himself on the hit children’s television show “iCarly” in 2012. With that performance in mind, fans of Christopher Nolan films can only hope Styles’ acting abilities have improved since filming that episode.
Styles is the most reported-upon member of the band, seeming to be the favorite among the young fans and the media. Even though he has proved to be much more than his appearance, one of the most talked about attributes of Styles is his long, curly hair. With the time period of the film being taken into consideration, many fans are now lamenting the fact Styles will be required to cut his hair for the role, which he has been growing since 2014. Some fans have even taken to Twitter to create different Photoshop edits of what Harry’s hair might look like cut short.
“Dunkirk” is set to begin shooting in May of 2016 and is expected to hit theaters July 21, 2017. Until then, we can only guess what might happen when a One Direction member goes to war.