Harry Styles’ transition from pop star to movie star is well underway. After a short but sweet appearance in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk Harry Styles will be making an appearance as a lead role in two films, set for release later this year, My Policeman and Don’t Worry Darling. The former of which saw its first trailer revealed today which you can watch below.
The story, set in Brighton in 1957, follows a policeman named Tom Burgess who is gay, but living in a society where it’s illegal to be so. He begins dating a schoolteacher named Marion, but also embarks on a love affair in secret with a museum curator named Patrick Hazelwood. Forced to repress his true feelings, he decides to marry Marion, and as tensions rise between the married couple, Patrick’s life ends up in shambles.
When discussing Styles’ role in the film, director Michael Grandage said Styles’s limited experience as an actor worked well for this part, says Grandage. “Because he hasn’t done much, he hasn’t developed the ability to work out tricks or even lie. He can only do it truthfully and as he knows it,” he says, likening his naturalistic work to that of a young Albert Finney or Tom Courtenay. “They just bring themselves to the role, and it seems to be very uncomplicated in the way they achieve it and Harry had that,” he says.
Continuing, Grandage says that Styles is a fully formed actor: “He had read the script so many times that he knew every single beat of it at that meeting. I found that incredibly impressive. He knew other people’s lines; he knew all of his lines. He knew why he wanted to talk about it, why one scene worked this way and another worked another way,”.
My Policeman will be released in cinemas on 21st October 2022. The film will then be released on 4th November 2022 on Amazon Prime Video.