Harry Styles has landed his next acting gig after 2017’s “Dunkirk.”
The former One Direction boy band member has been tapped to replace Shia LaBeouf in Olivia Wilde’s upcoming film for New Line “Don’t Worry Darling,” according to an individual familiar with the project. LaBeouf was forced to exit the project because of a scheduling conflict.
Styles earned praise for his acting debut in Christopher Nolan’s Academy Award-winning film “Dunkirk” which followed British soldiers during the evacuation of Dunkirk during World War II.
Styles joins a cast for “Don’t Worry Darling” that features Chris Pine, Wilde and one of Hollywood’s brightest young actresses in Florence Pugh. Back in May there were reports that Dakota Johnson was also in talks to join the cast.
The high profile project, which is carefully eyeing a fall production start, has been described as a psychological thriller set in an isolated, utopian community in the 1950s California desert.
Wilde has become one of the most in-demand filmmakers in Hollywood since her directorial debut with “Booksmart” last year. The film won the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature and was one of the best-reviewed and most talked about films of the year. Her “Booksmart” collaborator Katie Silberman wrote the screenplay for “Don’t Worry Darling.”
Last month Wilde was tapped to develop and direct an untitled female-centered Marvel film at Sony Pictures.
Styles hasn’t had much experience on the silver screen, but there’s been quite a bit of interest in when he might appear in another film. There were rumors last month (they ended up not being true) that the “Fine Line” musician would be starring alongside Brad Pitt in an upcoming film. The possibility took the internet by storm.
He was also at one point in talks to play Prince Eric in Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” reimagining, as well as to star in Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley biopic — neither came to fruition.
Styles released his second studio album “Fine Line” in December to much fanfare and acclaim. The pop star was set to go on a world tour this year that was ultimately pushed due to the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic.
LaBeouf, whom Styles is replacing in “Don’t Worry Darling,” has recently had a huge resurgence with last year’s “Honey Boy” and “The Peanut Butter Falcon.” He most recently starred in “The Tax Collector” and will appear alongside Venessa Kirby in the upcoming TIFF film “Pieces of Woman.”
New Line won the rights to “Don’t Worry Darling” in a highly competitive situation that saw up to 18 bidders vying for the project. The film is being overseen by studio executives Richard Brener, Daria Cercek and Celia Khong.
Vertigo Entertainment’s Roy Lee and Miri Yoon will produce with Wilde and Silberman. Catherine Hardwicke will executive produce alongside Shane and Carey Van Dyke.