Christopher Nolan opens up about why he cast Harry Styles in Dunkirk
Christopher Nolan has opened up about why he cast Harry Styles in Dunkirk.
The movie depicts the real-life events of an infamous battle in World War II where hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops were surrounded by enemy forces. Trapped on the beach with their backs to the sea they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in.
It stars Mark Rylance, Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy and Kenneth Branagh, with 71's Jack Lowden, War & Peace's Aneurin Barnard and Styles also taking small roles.
Speaking to the LA Times, Nolan opened up about why he cast the One Direction man, saying: "When we put the cast together, we had some established names. 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.”
The song is the first taste of Styles' solo career, which began in March 2016 when One Direction announced that they would be undertaking an extended hiatus.
Dunkirk will be released into cinemas on July 21st this summer.