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Christoper Nolan Talks Casting Harry Styles in Dunkirk

While some pop culture fans are anxiously awaiting Harry Styles’ acting debut in Dunkirk, others don’t put much emotion towards the fact that he’s involved with the film at all. The latter is to be expected – not every film you see is going to have a cast that you care about. However, some people have been doubting Christoper Nolan’s choice to cast Harry since it was revealed that he’d be in the film.

Harry has been a staple in the entertainment industry since he tried out for the X-Factor and was put through, not as a solo artist, but as a member of a band. Overnight, that band took over the world and when they announced their hiatus in 2015 – Harry, Louis, Niall, and Liam told fans they’d be exploring new interests and projects during their time apart.

Harry’s first project was kept secret, actually, all of his projects were kept under the radar. This allowed him to work diligently and put all of himself into his new avenues. However, his dedication to his role in Dunkirk and the positive reviews from fellow cast-members has still left people wondering if he’d be up for the role.

Christopher Nolan himself spoke to the LA Times on casting Harry and how his name and his circumstance didn’t make this an easy in for the superstar. If anything, it required more from Harry. Nolan is a serious filmmaker and wouldn’t cast someone based on namesake alone.

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.

Nolan joins the ranks of Mark Rylance and Cillian Murphy (among others) who have sung Harry’s praises and we believe the world will follow suit when they see his debut. While some see Harry (and the rest of the boys) as spoiled boy banders, the truth is, their talent far surpasses their target audience and this hiatus is the perfect time for them to be reintroduced to the public.

It was also said that Harry took the role very seriously and wanted to work hard for the audition and earn the part. He wanted no special treatment. If you’re not a fan of Harry; you may only know him as the media paints him, and that image isn’t an accurate representation. He puts his all into his work and he never takes anything just because he’s been in the industry for some time now. He dislikes the word famous, he doesn’t fit the typical mold.

Will you be checking Dunkirk out when it hits theaters this July? Let us know.

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