Harry Styles is having quite a time lately, what with a new album, an ongoing tour and numerous acting roles (including entering the MCU). While Dunkirk had been his sole prominent acting gig for a while, he’s now expanding into the world of cinema with roles in stuff like Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry Darling, and now he’s set to appear in the Amazon Studios produced My Policeman.
Styles stars as Tom, the titular character in the film set in the 1950s. The policeman develops a gay romance with museum curator Patrick, who are forced to keep their attraction secret due to the criminalisation and social ostracisation of homosexuality at the time. Tom however also marries Marion (played by The Crown‘s Emma Corrin) in order to keep his sexuality quiet, and his dual relationships cause difficulties with both his wife and Patrick.
The film is based on the novel of the same name by Bethan Roberts, released in 2012, and has been in development for around eight years. It’s also set to get a cinema release both here and in the US in October, before going to streaming on Amazon Prime in November. There’s also a time jump in the film, with part of it set in the 50 and part set in the 90s, with an older cast playing the later in life versions of the characters: Linus Roache as Tom, Gina McKee as Marion and Rupert Everett as Patrick.
In this 40 years later period, the still difficult relationship between Tom and Marion is further tested when Patrick suffers a stroke, and the couple agree to take him in. The film is directed by Michael Grandage, who met with Styles’ team after the star showed strong interest in the script and the part. “He had read the script so many times that he knew every single beat of it at that meeting. I found that incredibly impressive” commented Grandage.
Between Don’t Worry Darling in September and My Policeman in October, Harry Styles’ acting career looks set to take off. You’ll be able to see how the complicated love story plays out when the film releases in cinemas here in the UK on 21st October 2021.
MY POLICEMAN RELEASES ON 21ST OCTOBER 2022