Christopher Nolan Cast Harry Styles In ‘Dunkirk’ Without Knowing How Famous He Was

Christopher Nolan knew Harry Styles was famous, but until casting the young singer in “Dunkirk” he didn’t understand exactly how famous.

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“I don’t think I was that aware really of how famous Harry was,” AP reported Nolan as saying. It was the “Inception” director’s children who clued him in. “I mean, my daughter had talked about him. My kids talked about him, but I wasn’t really that aware of it. So the truth is, I cast Harry because he fit the part wonderfully and truly earned a seat at the table.”

Nolan wasn’t the only one on set to learn about Styles’ immense fame from someone younger. Actor Mark Rylance says it was his 11-year-old niece who helped him understand. “She was just more excited than anything I’ve ever done because I was going to be acting with Harry Styles,” said the Oscar-winning actor. “I went up in her estimation. I won the Harry!”

The former One Direction singer only recently embarked on a solo career, as well as turning to acting. “Dunkirk” marks Styles’ big screen acting debut, in which he plays a British soldier caught in the evacuation of more than 300,000 Allied troops from the beaches of Dunkirk, France in 1940.

“I’d say realizing the scale of the production was very overwhelming,” Styles said. “I think whatever you imagine kind of a giant film set to be like, this was very ambitious even by those standards. You know the boats and the planes and the volume of bodies… It was pretty amazing.”

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Styles’ One Direction bandmates were big supporters of his plans to pursue acting. “They are big fans of Chris, too, and I think they’re excited to see it,” he said.

After “Dunkirk” opens July 21, Styles will be heading out on his solo world tour in the fall.

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