Harry Styles beat "thousands" of young men for his 'Dunkirk' role

Our boy earned it!

By Jessica Chandra
Harry Styles in Dunkirk

Look, we’re excited to see Dunkirk 'cos there’s some serious star power behind the scenes (Christopher Nolan directed it) and in front of the camera (Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh and Cillian Murphy, among others), but if we’re completely honest, one of our main reasons to see it is Harry Styles.

As we all know, Harry scored the role soon after One Direction announced their hiatus, and it seemed like an interesting move because a) it’s his first acting role; b) he’s not the lead; and c) he had to cut off his precious hair to play a soldier in the WWII drama.

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We actually don’t know how big his role is, especially since his appearance in the first trailer for the movie was exactly that: an appearance.

But, something we do know is that Harry got the role because of his acting chops, not because he’s super famous and all of his fans will be first in line at the cinema when the movie comes out (even though they will).

Christopher Nolan (The Dark Night, Inception) talked about Dunkirk to the Los Angeles Times over the weekend, and was asked, “Young fans were very excited to hear that you cast One Direction singer Harry Styles in a supporting role. How did you know he had the acting chops to pull it off?”

“When we put the cast together, we had some established names: Kenneth Branagh, Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy,” Nolan said. “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.”

LOL, oh Christopher Nolan — “He’s not that unknown.” Funny! But this proves Harry earned the role, and that he beat out thousands of other unknown actors, which proves he was pretty bloody dedicated to it!

The director was also asked about whether Harry was “hesitant” to cut off his hair for the role. “I don’t want to get into it,” is all he said.


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Hair grows, Harry! Hair grows.

Dunkirk is released on July 20.