Harry Styles
“There’s lots of screaming girls on the set, Harry.” Photo: Melinda Sue Gordon/Warner Bros

The more cynical among us might have seen Harry Styles’ casting in upcoming World War II epic Dunkirk as a cynical ploy to get his teenage fans to watch the movie. But director Christopher Nolan says that he didn’t know just how famous the 23-year-old, who was among hundreds of contenders for the role, was

According to Entertainment Weekly, Nolan only knew of the One Direction band member thanks to his kids.

“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.”

The Batman trilogy director isn’t known for casting star names just for the sake of it, so we at Geek Crusade are inclined to believe him. Harry Styles himself was intimidated by just how big the production was:

“I’d say realizing 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. You know the boats and the planes and the volume of bodies … it was pretty amazing.”

Dunkirk will be the latest of a series of historical dramas centred on key events in British history, after Viceroy’s House (see our review) and Churchill (see our review). Being the history nerds that we are, you can bet your bottom dollar that we’ll be there to review Dunkirk.

Dunkirk opens in Singapore theatres and in IMAX® 3D on July 20. Check out the movie trailer.