Christopher Nolan’s World War II drama has been in motion for the last several months. Previous casting reports named Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, and Kenneth Branagh as three of the film’s initial stars. In what’s been considered to be an ensemble film centered around “Operation Dynamo,” the British military evacuation of the French city of Dunkirk in 1940, Nolan and Warner Bros. have begun the search for their younger leads. Newcomer Fionn Whitehead has already been tapped to star and now it’s been reported that One Directioner Harry Styles will make his acting debut in Nolan’s anticipated new project.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, 22-year-old Styles will star in Dunkirk, along with English actors Jack Lowden and Aneurin Barnard, who are currently in talks for the film. Reports suggest that Styles’ part won’t be a lead role due to perceived “audience baggage” that would inevitably come with a former One Direction star. The band previously announced their hiatus that began in January and is expected to last for 18 months – giving Styles ample time to pursue such hefty endeavors.
Production on Dunkirk is expected to commence some time this May, and will be shot in 65mm large-format film and IMAX. Dunkirk will be released to theaters July 21, 2017.
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