8 Movie Roles The Singer Was Considered For

Ever since Styles debuted in Christopher Nolan’s 2016 World War II epic Dunkirk, it’s no surprise that it caught the attention of directors across Hollywood. Not only did he appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe movie Eternals as Eros, brother of Thanos, but he is also sent to appear in the upcoming psychological thriller, don’t worry darlingas well as independent films, my policeman.

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However, what some fans may not know is that Styles’ career could have started much earlier, as he was offered major roles in several big blockbusters. If he had taken them over, who knows if those films would have ended up being more successful and memorable.


Matthew in Tulip Fever

Harry Styles’ massive popularity and substantial charisma meant he received movie offers while still a member of boy band One Direction. In 2014, Styles was offered the role of Mattheus, a painter, in Tulip Fever in 2014, but turned it down while the band was on tour (via Metro). The role then went to Matthew Morrison instead.

Styles was probably right to turn down the role, as the film received very negative reviews, with just 15% on Rotten Tomatoes. The film was the last to be released by the now defunct The Weinstein Company. This association likely helped audiences shy away from seeing it in theaters, as it only grossed $9.2 million against a budget of $25 million (via Box Office Mojo and USA Today).

Cameo as himself in Yesterday

Himesh Patel and Lily James in the movie Yesterday 2019

If anyone has seen the movie Danny Boyle 2019 Yesterday, a musical fantasy film where only one man remembers Beatles music, they may have seen a familiar face. Singer Ed Sheeran plays a fictionalized version of himself in the film and helps the film’s protagonist (played by Himesh Patel) jump-start his music career. He is floored by its unique style, unaware that it was written by the Beatles.

However, Ed Sheeran was not the original choice for the film. Sheeran admitted he was actually Danny Boyle’s “third choice” for the film (via Pearl & Dean). Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin and then Harry Styles were asked to play the role before turning it down. Given his musical roots, this would have been an interesting movie for Styles.

Tom in Last Christmas

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Styles has been an idol among fans since the start of his career, so it would only be natural for him to be one of the top casting choices for a rom-com when he embarks on a film career. Her natural charisma and penchant for romance, as seen in her lyrics, would make her a suitable romantic lead for any movie.

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So it’s no surprise that Styles was offered the lead role in 2019. last christmas in a role that ultimately went to Henry Golding (via Capital FM). According to the film’s director, Paul Feig, Styles felt he was “too young” to play the romantic male lead. Considering the film’s warm reception from fans, especially towards Henry Golding’s performance, he might have been right.

Nosferatu in Nosferatu

Harry Styles Nosferatu Remake

Acclaimed director Robert Eggers is working on a remake of the classic horror film Nosferatus, 100 years after the release of the original film. Eggers has become a popular director among moviegoers thanks to cult classics such as Lighthouse and the Witch. Eggers also tends to work frequently with actors with whom he forms a creative partnership, such as Willem Dafoe and Anya Taylor-Joy, both of whom have been cast as Nosferatus.

Robert Eggers has responded to rumors that Harry Styles was originally set to appear in Nosferatus as the main character before the role was given to Willem Dafoe (via The Guardian). In an interview with The Guardian, Eggers confirmed that he cast Styles in the film, but as Thomas Hutter rather than in the lead role. Although not the lead, Hutter is one of the main protagonists of the original film and Dracula tale. Given Eggers’ acclaimed direction and approach to casting, this is a cast that likely would have won Styles even more fans.

Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen in Dunes: Part II

Gurney, Paul and Leto standing proud in Dune

Dunes was one of the biggest movie hits of 2021, both financially and critically, grossing $400 million at the box office (via Box Office Mojo) and winning 6 Oscars. The sci-fi epic was adapted from Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel of the same name. As fans of Dunes know, he only adapted the first half of the novel, turning out to be “Dune: part oneat first. Given its success, the sequel is highly anticipated and its expanded storytelling has let viewers reveal their dream casts.

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One of the most played fan roles for the Dunes the sequel is Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen, played by musician Sting in the 1984 film adaptation. he continues his hero’s journey. It’s no surprise that Harry Styles was considered by director Denis Villeneuve for the role, before being cast by Austin Butler. Having already been played by a singer and portrayed as a charismatic handsome figure, it seems only natural that Styles would be a candidate.

Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid

Prince Eric smiling on a beach in The Little Mermaid

Over the past few years, Disney has reimagined many of its most beloved animated films as live-action remakes. Given the great popularity of the original 1989 version of The little Mermaid, a remake was still on the cards. This adaptation’s version of Prince Eric is considered one of the best Disney princes due to his romantic appeal and connection to Ariel.

Shortly after Halle Bailey was announced as Ariel from the live-action adaptation, rumors quickly began circulating as to who would star opposite her as Prince Eric. Reports began to speculate that Harry Styles had been offered the opposite role to Bailey. In 2019, Styles confirmed that he almost played the role, stating that “[Disney] been touring for so long and I want to tour next year,” and that “it just didn’t line up” (via Independent).

Han Solo Solo

Alden Ehrenreich as young Han Solo in "Solo: A Star Wars Story."

Han Solo is not only one of the most iconic characters in the star wars franchise, but throughout the history of cinema. Harrison Ford’s enigmatic on-screen presence and natural charisma have been an inspiration to actors since his first appearance in 1994. When it was announced that the character would be getting his own spin-off movie, he didn’t It’s no surprise that many actors were keen to play the role themselves in the 2018 film. Solo: A Star Wars Story.

The long list of those who auditioned for the role included Jack O’Connell, Jack Reynor, Taron Egerton and Styles himself, before the role eventually went to Alden Ehrenreich. Although Styles didn’t explicitly comment on auditioning for the role, he teasingly dodged the question when asked about it on The Graham Norton Show (by metro).

Elvis Presley in Elvis

Austin Butler in Elvis

The upcoming Elvis Presley biopic, directed by Baz Luhrmann, is highly anticipated by moviegoers for many reasons. Luhrmann is a director renowned for his unique creative flair and visual style, and would easily make a dazzling biopic for history’s most beloved musician. When Tom Hanks was cast as Elvis’ manager, Colonel Tom Parker, the film seemed even more geared towards top critics and during awards season.

In 2019, Harry Styles confirmed he auditioned for the role before it was cast by Austin Butler (via The Underground). Styles said he wasn’t upset about losing the role, telling The Face magazine he’d rather not be in the film as he felt he was “not the right person for the thing. ” and could possibly give a poor performance. If he had gotten the role, it would have been his first starring role and his most ambitious role to date. With Presley’s decades-long iconic status and influence, Styles would have some very big shoes to fill in winning over fans and audiences alike. Considering Elvis Presley starred in movies while primarily a musician himself, it would be interesting to see Styles explore that connection through his portrayal.

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