EXCLUSIVE: In one of the more fun end-of-the-week rumors, pop heartthrob and One Direction singer Harry Styles has, according to multiple sources, been offered a role in Christopher Nolan’s action adventure Dunkirk. It is not believed to be a leading role, though all plot and cast details are being kept closely guarded as is often the way with a Nolan project.
What we do know is the movie will deal with the World War II evacuation of Dunkirk, which took place from May-June 1940. Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh and Tom Hardy will be part of an ensemble made up largely of unknowns. Pic will be shot on Imax 65mm and 65mm large-format film. Dubbed Operation Dynamo, the evacuation of Dunkirk was a British military operation that saved some 330,000 Allied soldiers trapped in the harbor and surrounded by the German army. Winston Churchill described it as “a miracle of deliverance.”
Dunkirk has long been attractive for filmmakers. Joe Wright famously used it for his long tracking shot of James McAvoy on the beach in Atonement. John Mills starred in a classic Ealing stiff upper lipped version in 1958, also called Dunkirk.
Styles, as famous for his rock star lifestyle and equally high-profile attachments as his mellifluous voice, has been eyed for film roles before. Harvey Weinstein has previously revealed he offered the singer a role in Justin Chadwick’s Tulip Fever only to be turned down by the skinny-jeanned singer. The band is currently on a hiatus while the individual members focus on their solo projects. Styles has been rumored to have an acting role lined up in season 2 of Scream Queens, but Dunkirk, if a deal makes, would be his first feature role.
Styles’ potential involvement comes after an extensive casting process conducted by Nolan, his co-producer and partner Emma Thomas and Warner Bros. He is believed to have impressed the filmmakers with his readings for the part. Rat Pac-Dune Entertainment is co-financing.
Warner Bros has dated the film for July 21, 2017. The studio declined to comment when contacted by Deadline. Styles is repped by CAA.