‘Dunkirk’ Movie Director Didn't Know Harry Styles is Super Famous

‘Dunkirk’ Movie Director Didn't Know Harry Styles is Super Famous

Believe or not, not all know that Harry Styles is super famous. Dunkirk movie director Christopher Nolan admitted that he didn’t know how well-known the singer is until Styles was cast in his movie.

Nolan said he knows Styles is a prominent celebrity and his kids know who he is. He, however, admitted that he didn’t know that Styles tops charts when he cast him in Dunkirk. The director said Styles was cast in his forthcoming World War II epic not because he was a member of One Direction.

The Dark Knight director said Styles was picked because he nailed his audition. Nolan added that the singer won the role because of his acting skills and not because of his recognizable name. Meanwhile, Styles’ co-star, Mark Rylance, also admitted that he learned about the singer from his 11-year-old niece. “She was just more excited than anything I’ve ever done because I was going to be acting with Harry Styles,” said Rylance.

“I don’t think I was that aware really of how famous Harry was. 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 told Billboard.

Styles gained fame with his One Direction bandmates. They broke sales records in the U.K. and also toured across the globe. Styles recently launched his solo album.

Harry Styles in the Dunkirk Movie

The 23-year-old English crooner portrays a British soldier in the suspense-thriller movie. The film follows the lives of hundreds of thousands of Allied soldiers who evacuated from Dunkirk, France in 1940. Harry Styles described his first days on set as “overwhelming.”

“I’d say realizing the scale of the production was very overwhelming. I think whatever you imagine the 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,” the singer told Billboard.

As for working with Nolan, Mail Online quoted Styles saying how excited he was working with the award-winning director. “Being a fan of Chris and being on set with him, it’s hard not to be in awe of him just in the way that he works. You feel lucky that you get to watch someone like that work and someone so passionate about what they’re doing I feel is always a privilege to be around people like that,” he said.

Styles added that his 1D band mates were very supportive of his acting career. “They are big fans of Chris, too, and I think they’re excited to see it,” Styles said. The Dunkirk movie also stars Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, and Fionn Whitehead. It is scheduled to premiere on July 21.

Harry Styles Concert Tour

The Sign Of the Times singer recently extended his 2017 world tour. He added 56 more tour dates including a number of stops in Asia. The tour is in support of his first solo self-titled album which was released in May.

The Harry Styles 2017 World Tour will kick off in San Francisco, California on Sept. 19. Tickets for Styles’ tour went on sale on May 5. Subsequently, all of the dates for his fall tour quickly sold out. This prompted the Dunkirk movie actor to add more tour dates to his itinerary and extended it through 2018. For more information about Harry Styles 2017 Tour, visit his official website here.