One Direction star Harry Styles is slowly but surely bolstering his filmography. The actor-turned singer most notably collaborated with Christopher Nolan on the epic war film Dunkirk in 2017 and has since signed on to appear in upcoming films Don’t Worry Darling and My Policeman. Despite his eagerness to appear on the silver screen, Styles reportedly turned down a spot in Boyle’s 2019 film Yesterday.
Yesterday tells the story of a young musician – Jack Malik (played by Himesh Patel) – who is awakened one day by no one on the planet who remembers The Beatles songs. He then claims that they are his, become famous and gradually shrug the shoulders of the pop stars.
One of the singers that Jack works with a lot during the film is Sheeran, who later gave an interview about his time in the film.
Speaking to BBC Radio 1, Sheeran confessed: “They asked Chris Martin, he said no. They asked Harry Styles, he said no, and I was the third choice. That’s 100 percent true.”
If Harry were in the film, he would have starred alongside Lily James and Kate McKinnon.
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However, the director of the film, Boyle, completely disputes Sheeran’s claims.
He later said in an interview, “He teased us like hell because he found out we asked Chris Martin first, so he never let us forget that.
“And he accused us of asking Harry Styles second, which is not true, but we asked Chris Martin first, so he teases us about that, but he gives the best he can.”
Styles has kept himself out of discussions about Yesterday, so the truth is still unclear.
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Sheeran later added that he felt that Yesterday’s premise was actually inspired by his own journey.
The Suffolk-born singer said he felt writer Richard Curtis “wrote this a bit about me”.
He continued: “And I didn’t want to ask, I didn’t want to think that. And then I was invited to Richard’s house with my wife.
“Richard talks to me about the movie and he says, ‘We’re thinking about getting Chris Martin as the musical man in the movie.’ And I’m like, ‘Okay, but… Suffolk, music…'”
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Although Styles was not seen in the film, his upcoming film releases will see him in the lead role.
The 27-year-old will appear opposite Marvel’s Black Widow star Florence Pugh in Don’t Worry Darling, in which Styles is embroiled in a relationship with Chris Pine.
The film will be directed by Styles’ current girlfriend Olivia Wilde, who is best known for her previous film, Booksmart.
Hollywood may not be the only thing he’s taking on as rumors of a One Direction reunion are rife.
Liam Payne recently confessed to receiving a phone call from Styles. He revealed: “I have a lot of love for the man. He’s great, he’s really, really great.
“It’s sometimes difficult in this position, you look from a distance at the stories of people you used to know so well.”
Right now, the probability of 1D getting back together is 1/5 (via Ladbrokes).
Alex Apati of the bookmakers commented: “The odds suggest there’s a good chance Directioners will celebrate the reunion news before the year is out.”
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