A new direction for a One Direction-er?
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A source close to production has confirmed that Harry Styles, heartthrob member of One Direction, has been offered a significant role in Christopher Nolan’s World War II action-adventure film, Dunkirk, following an extensive casting search.

As with all Nolan films, details of Dunkirk are being kept well under wraps, but we do know that Nolan will be directing from his own original script, producing with his longtime partner Emma Thomas, and that the film — based on the desperate 1940 evacuation of Allied soldiers in France — will star Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh and newly minted Oscar winner Mark Rylance.

German forces had pulverized the Allies in the spring of 1940, cornering the beaten forces on the French beaches. But during nine days, a flotilla of ships — military, commercial, and privately owned — crossed the English Channel and rescued more than 300,000 Allied soldiers, preserving the fighting force to face the Germans another day. Joe Wright captured the chaos and camaraderie of the retreat in Atonement:

Back in December Greg Silverman, president of creative development and worldwide production for Warner Bros said, “We are thrilled to be continuing our collaboration with Christopher Nolan, a singular filmmaker who has created some of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful films of all time. Dunkirk is a gripping and powerful story and we are excited to see Chris, Emma, and their cast realize it on the big screen.”

The film is slated to arrive in theaters in July 2017.

Deadline first reported the casting news.