Just call Harry Styles a Hollywood heartthrob, because the singer has turned into Tinseltown’s most sought after actor!

News first broke the former One Direction singer would be starring in the upcoming film adaptation of Bethan Roberts‘ book, My Policeman, in September 2020. At the time, Deadline reported that the singer was in talks to star, but in February 2021, the publication confirmed that the British singer is set to play the male lead, Tom. He also reportedly plans to go blonde for the film.

“Harry is throwing himself into this new role and is really excited about the challenge, even though it’s a daunting task,” a source told U.K.’s The Sun in April 2021. “He always wants to do things that people wouldn’t expect and challenge what people think about him — and this film will really do that.”

News of Harry’s new film role comes months after he started production on his reported girlfriend Olivia Wilde‘s new movie Don’t Worry Darling alongside Florence Pugh. After filming for the flick wrapped, Olivia praised Harry for his professionalism on the movie’s set.

“Most male actors don’t want to play supporting roles in female-led films,” the director wrote on Instagram. “No joke, it is harrrrrd to find actors who recognize why it might be worth it to allow for a woman to hold the spotlight. Enter: @harrystyles, our ‘Jack.’ Not only did he relish the opportunity to allow for the brilliant @florencepugh to hold center stage as our ‘Alice, but he infused every scene with a nuanced sense of humanity. He didn’t have to join our circus, but he jumped on board with humility and grace, and blew us away every day with his talent, warmth and ability to drive backwards.”

The “Sign of the Times” singer’s foray back into the acting world comes years after Harry starred in the 2017 Oscar-nominated film Dunkirk. Following the movie’s success, the Fine Line musician told Sky News that same year he had plans to retire from acting. “I feel very lucky to be a part of Dunkirk … I’d do this one again but it may be one and done … I’d do this one again,” Harry said at the time. “I really enjoyed this. I’ve peaked too soon! There’s nowhere to go.”

Well, now he’s back and better than ever, and we can’t wait to see what’s next! Scroll through our gallery for everything you need to know about Harry’s upcoming film, My Policeman.

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