In a casting move that can be described as boy band meets Battle of the Bulge, One Direction member Harry Styles will be joining the production of Christopher Nolan’s WWII action thriller project Dunkirk.
There was an extensive search to find the film’s young leads. Along with Styles, English actors Jack Lowden and Aneurin Barnard are in talks to board epic production. Newcomer Fionn Whitehead has been cast in what could best be described as the lead role of the project but sources say the script is ensemble in nature.
The Warner Bros. film centers on the British military evacuation of the French city of Dunkirk in 1940, one of the biggest battles during the war. Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance and Kenneth Branagh are the bold names that will surround the newcomer.
Dunkirk will be the Styles’ feature film debut. Last summer, it was announced that One Direction would disband in 2016 and would not tour for their fifth studio album, so this casting may mark a career shift for the British recording artists, from the arena stage to the silver screen.
Lowden recently appeared in BBC’s adaptation of War and Peace, while Barnard starred as King Richard in BBC-Starz miniseries The White Queen.
Dunkirk is set to hit theaters July 21, 2017.