Dunkirk director Christopher Nolan would love to work with Harry Styles again, if the One Direction star decides to continue acting.
Harry, 23, landed his first movie role in Christopher’s critically acclaimed Second World War epic – playing Alex, a young British soldier who was one of hundreds of thousands attempting to escape the Nazis in a mass evacuation from northern France.
Dunkirk has been a huge success, earning the filmmaker a Golden Globe nomination for Best Director, and he was incredibly impressed with the pop star’s performance in a small but important role.
Confirming to Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper that he’d like to cast Harry again, he said, “He’s very talented. I’ve no idea whether he wants to pursue acting, but he’s a natural.”
Explaining what most impressed him about the Sign of the Times singer’s work on set Christopher added, “Harry’s character’s very unglamorous. It’s not a showboating role. And Harry shied away from being a ‘star’ in it. He’s a humble guy who didn’t want attention.
“He enjoyed the idea of not carrying it; that he was part of an ensemble. Like the soldiers they played, the actors were all in it together and supported each other very well.”
Despite being one of the most recognizable stars in the world, the singer had to go through the same audition process as thousands of unknown hopefuls.
The director explained, “Harry sent in a tape, and we liked the tape. And he joined the workshop, and that was that. It was a really old-fashioned process – and Harry’s features, ability and demeanor fitted right in.”
The pop superstar, who also released his debut solo album this year (17) initially said Dunkirk was likely to be his only acting role, but he has since backtracked, saying during a BBC TV special that he’d return for a movie he really “loved”.