The next movie from The Dark Knight and Inception director Christopher Nolan, the war film Dunkirk, is out very soon, and Nolan is doing the rounds to promote it. In a recent interview, he said he was not fully aware of how famous One Director’s Harry Styles was before casting him–though his daughter knew more about it.
“I don’t think I was that aware really of how famous Harry was,” Nolan told Billboard (via Entertainment Weekly). “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.”
Styles, 23, plays a soldier in Dunkirk. The film tells the story of the famous Battle of Dunkirk, where thousands of soldiers became trapped on a beach and their evacuation.
Styles himself told Billboard that his first days on the set of Dunkirk were “overwhelming.”
“I’d say realising the scale of the production was very overwhelming. I think whatever you imagine kind of a giant film set to be like, this was very ambitious even by those standards,” he remarked. “You know the boats and the planes and the volume of bodies … it was pretty amazing.”
Dunkirk opens on July 21. It also stars Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, and Tom Hardy.