Harry Styles is acting in a new movie, and the buzz almost broke the internet. Fans of the One Direction singer/songwriter went wild after the first pictures of Harry on set in the feature film Dunkirk hit social media. Harry, with a newly-short hair style, was pictured "wounded" in uniform on the set of the movie.
But just how did the de facto lead from the biggest boy band in the world get a part in Christopher Nolan's latest epic? Everyone from Directioners, to WWII history buffs, to Nolan fansites are debating whether Styles has the acting chops necessary to appear in a war movie, especially one with Nolan at the helm.
Everyone can relax now though, the casting director himself has stated exactly why he chose Harry. Speaking to The Mirror, John Papsidera explained the decision.
"Harry was absolutely right for the role. As an actor he is unknown, but his readings made him an obvious choice. We thought he was fresh and interesting and he won the role. It wasn't because he's a well known pop star – if anything that was more of a detriment, because it could bring the wrong message and we don't want people pulled out of the film because of who they are."
While Styles and his One Direction bandmates have fought against the "boy band" niche, it's not going away anytime soon. The image most of the public have of Harry doesn't really gel with the idea of a serious actor.