Wednesday 20 November 2019

Christopher Nolan explains why he cast Harry Styles in Dunkirk

Harry Styles in Dunkirk
Harry Styles in Dunkirk

Sasha Brady

Director Christopher Nolan has revealed his reasons for casting Harry Styles in his movie Dunkirk.

The World War Two epic is set for a summer release but it's already garnered considerable interest in its all-star cast.

Oscar-winner Mark Rylance leads a line-up that includes Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy and former One Direction star Harry Styles, in what is his first movie role.

The pop star may not seem like an obvious choice but Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight, Interstellar, Inception) picked Styles on merit during auditions that attracted thousands of hopeful actors.

"When we put the cast together, we had some established names," Nolan told the LA Times. "But for the guys on the beach, we really wanted young unknowns. He's not that unknown but he'd never done anything as an actor before. So he auditioned. I auditioned literally thousands of young men with different combinations of young men. And he had it.

Co-star Cillian Murphy has also praised the Sign of the Times' singer's acting talent.

"Harry Styles is great," the Cork actor told Radio Times. "I had very few scenes with Harry but we got to hang out and I've got to say, he's a great, great, great kid and really, really funny. Above all, Chris knows talent and would have cast Harry for a reason.

“Theres a long history of musicians moving over into acting and I come from that world myself,” added Murphy, a former member of Beatles-inspired ’90s band The Sons of Mr. Greengenes. “So I’m sure he’ll be terrific in the role. I trust Chris implicitly in that.”

The movie tells the story of the evacuation of 400,000 Allied soldiers from France, Britain, Canada and Belgium who were surrounded by the German army on the beaches of Dunkirk, France.

Former Love/Hate star Barry Keoghan also stars.

Dunkirk is set for release in May.

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