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Harry Styles beat 'very well known actors' to Dunkirk role

The man who casted Harry Styles in upcoming war movie Dunkirk says the singer beat a number of "very well known" actors to the role.

The One Direction man is currently filming for the Christopher Nolan film in what is his first professional acting role.

Speaking to the Mirror, Dunkirk casting director John Papsidera said Styles was the right fit for the small part.

He said that the Brit had to go through the audition process and trumped a lot of experienced stars.

Papsidera revealed: "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.

"He fought hard for it and his work was impressive and that’s what attracted us to him.

"‘I don’t think he studied acting professionally and yet he won the role against some very well known actors."

The film is due to be released next summer.

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