Harry Styles’ latest film Don’t Worry Darling will debut in theaters worldwide on September 23rd, with the film being the singer-songwriter’s first leading role. Styles plays Jack Chambers, a workaholic husband working for a mysterious organization called “The Victory Project”.
Best known for his five-year membership of the boy band One Direction and his wildly successful solo career, the singer is following in the footsteps of many music legends who have made a name for themselves in the world of film. Even at the beginning of his film career, his life so far is packed full of fascinating trivia.
10 He Auditioned For Elvis In An Unusual Way
Harry Styles was one of many reported finalists for the role of Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis biopic, a role that eventually went to Austin Butler. Luhrmann confirmed that Styles was considered for the part, as well as revealing Styles’ unusual way of applying.
“He sent me a video of him impersonating Elvis as a six-year-old. Harry embodies so much of Elvis. He has the nail polish, feather boa, and sparkly jumpsuit. Yet he’s incredibly masculine” the director revealed in an interview (via The Times). When asked when Styles wasn’t cast, Luhrmann responded that “the real issue with Harry is, he’s Harry Styles. He’s already an icon” (via Guitar.com).
9 The Voice At The Beginning of “As It Was” Is His Goddaughter
Harry’s single “As It Was” has dominated the #1 spot in the singles charts across the world for upwards of ten weeks, as of September 2022 (via Billboard). Its opening segment, a small child saying “Come on Harry, we want to say goodnight to you!” is perhaps as famous as the song itself.
Styles has revealed that the voice belongs to his goddaughter, Ruby Winston, who left him a voicemail message when he did not appear for a usual FaceTime session (viaBillboard).
8 He Wrote A Song For Love, Simon
The 2018 film Love, Simon is the first gay romantic comedy to be released by a major film studio, based on the novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. The coming-of-age film was well received by both critics and audiences in the LGBTQ+ community, and is today considered one the best LGBTQ+ teen movies ever made.
Fans of the film may be unaware that the leading song from film’s hit soundtrack was penned in part by Styles. “Alfie’s Song (Not So Typical Love Song)”, performed by the band Bleachers, was co-written by Harry, as well as Jack Antonoff and Ilsey Juber. (via Jaxster Official Music Credits).
7 He Has A Familial Connection To His Dunkirk Character
Styles’ movie acting debut was in Christopher Nolan’s World War II epic Dunkirk. Styles played Alex, a British soldier at the Battle of Dunkirk who accuses another soldier of being a German spy when their ship begins to sink as a result of a German torpedo attack.
Harry was inspired, in part, by his great-grandfather’s role in the First World War as a British soldier. Elijah Daniels, Styles’ great-grandfather, was awarded for his service in the Battle of Aras in France, similarly to his Dunkirk character’s journey in the French harbor of Dunkirk (via The Mirror).
6 His Bread-Chewing Scene In Dunkirk Charmed A Lot of Directors
Styles played the hot-headed Alex in the Christopher Nolan movie Dunkirk with such fervor that he caught the eye of several acclaimed directors in the film industry. In his first scene in the film, Styles swaggers onto the screen, angrily chewing on a piece of bread.
Chloé Zhao, director of Eternals, said that she had “kept tabs on Harry since Dunkirk”. When looking for someone to portray the otherworldly charm and swagger of Eros, Zhao realized that “after meeting him I realized he is that character” (via Deadline). Similarly, director Olivia Wilde admitted that Styles was her initial choice for Don’t Worry Darling after watching Dunkirk, but he was planning to tour during filming before the pandemic hit (via Vogue).
5 He Used To Babysit Emma Corrin’s Dog Before They Were Cast In “My Policeman”
Harry Styles and Emma Corrin star as a married couple in the 1950’s movie My Policeman, based on the novel by Bethan Roberts. The film follows a British policeman (played by Styles) who conceals his homosexuality in his marriage to Marion, while in love with another man.
The pair were actually friends before they were cast in the period film, so much so that Emma Corrin invited him to babysit her dog, Spencer, named after her role as Princess Diana in The Crown. The actress told Jimmy Fallon, “he looked after Spencer for me, but not again. He hasn’t done it again. And I think it’s because, halfway through the meal, I got a message that just said, ‘He won’t stop farting. Is this normal?” (via Harper’s Bazaar).
4 He Is Returning To The MCU But He Isn’t Sure When
Harry’s surprise appearance in Eternals as Eros, brother of Thanos, made for one of the most surprising MCU post-credits scenes ever made, as the casting was not announced prior to the film’s premiere. His relation the MCU’s biggest villain, has left many Marvel fans wondering if the character was teased for a return or if it was a simple celebrity cameo.
Marvel Studios President has already confirmed that Styles will return to the MCU at some point (via GQ), although did not say when the return would be. When asked about returning, Styles joked “It’d be funny if that was it, wouldn’t it?”, before adding that “I don’t imagine I’d do a movie for a while”, meaning Eros’ return date is uncertain for now (via Rolling Stone).
3 A Popular Film Series Is Based on Harry Styles Fanfiction
The After franchise, a romantic drama series of films based on the novels of Anna Todd, despite being critically panned, is a huge hit with audiences. The initial film performed so well at the box office and on VOD that it spawned four sequels.
Many After fans may be unaware that the books were actually Harry Styles fanfiction, and the story was first published on the fanfiction side Wattpad before its publication as a book series, according to author Anna Todd. The male lead’s name, Hardin Scott, is a pretty obvious wink to Harry’s name (via StyleCaster).
2 He Was Almost In Dune
Harry Styles was considered for a role in the sequel to the 2021 hit sci-fi movie Dune. The epic based on Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel was directed by Denis Villenueve and was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Styles was up for the part of Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen, nephew of main antagonist Baron Harkonnen, having been shortlisted by Villenueve (via Deadline).
This is likely, in large part, due to the 1984 adaptation of Dune casting musician Sting in the same role. Harkonnen is portrayed in the adaptation as a charismatic and powerful rock-star figure, which would make Styles instantly come to mind for many directors.
1 He’s Close Friends With Stevie Nicks
Harry is not the first musician to venture into the world of acting, and may have had some advice from legendary musician and mentor Stevie Nicks. Nicks has appeared in multiple projects, perhaps most notably in the third season of American Horror Story.
The pair met backstage after Harry attended a Fleetwood Mac concert in 2015, and have performed multiple times together ever since, both as a solo artist and alongside the rest of Fleetwood Mac. Styles was chosen to induct Nicks into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with Nicks referring to him as “the son I never had” (via Insider).