Harry Styles playing a British soldier in his on-screen debut, Dunkirk. Photo: Warner Bros Harry Styles of One Direction performing in Melbourne in February, 2015. Photo: Scott Barbour
He’s best known as a member of defunct boy band One Direction, but British pop star Harry Styles is about to make his big screen debut.
The 22-year-old singer has been cast in Christopher Nolan’s upcoming WWII epic Dunkirk and features heavily in the new film’s trailer.
And while the film isn’t out until next year, his rabid fanbase of teenage girls are already calling for the Academy to give him an Oscar.
Starring alongside heavyweight stars such as Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh and Cillian Murphy, Styles plays Tommy, a British soldier left for dead during the Dunkirk evacuation in France in 1940.
In the two-minute video released overnight, Styles is shown looking pensive on the shore of Dunkirk and on a boat under attack in the night.
In one of the most dramatic scenes in the trailer, Styles appears to be drowning, leaving his fate in the film a mystery.
Following the trailer’s release the hashtag “Dunkirk” on Twitter became swamped by memes of concerned One Direction fans crying out for someone to help a drowning Styles.
His enormous fanbase – Styles has 29 million Twitter followers – have also convinced themselves the heartthrob will win an Oscar for his performance.
It’s not a bad debut for Styles considering this is his first foray into acting. Dunkirk has almost been guaranteed success with both Warner Bros and Christopher Nolan (Inception, Interstellar, The Dark Knight), one of the highest-grossing directors in history.
Dunkirk is based on an original screenplay by Nolan and was shot on location in Dunkirk, France, in May this year. It is slated for a July 2017 release.
Of all his former One Direction band mates, Styles appears to have had the most initial success. After the group announced its hiatus in August last year, Styles reportedly signed a three-album, $80 million deal with Columbia Records.
It is unclear whether Styles has begun working on the first record or is at this stage focusing on his burgeoning acting career.
Zayn Malik, the first member to leave the band, released his critically-acclaimed album Mind of Mine in March but is yet to tour due to a self-described “constant battle” with anxiety.
Louis Tomlinson wants to start his own record label while Liam Payne and Niall Horan, who released the single This Town in September, are signed to Capitol Records. Here’s to Harry Styles pic.twitter南京夜网/OlyvaFrFw3— 1D Updates! (@OfficialWith1D) December 14, 2016DON’T WORRY BABY I’M COMING #Dunkirkpic.twitter南京夜网/H9doxaBRB9— świetlik (@xboobutera) December 14, 2016″what do you want for christmas”
me, making unblinking eye contact with santa: “for harry styles to know how proud i am of him”— Matt Bellassai (@MattBellassai) December 14, 2016harry is gonna DROWN fandom : #Dunkirkpic.twitter南京夜网/tR77dWC4hl— กบฏแฮร์รี่ขี้หักใน (@_panx) December 14, 2016
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