Harry Styles is giving the girls and gays what we need: him playing queer in a period piece.
The “Lights Up” rocker is reportedly in talks to play the lead role in an onscreen adaptation of My Policeman, Bethan Roberts’ critically acclaimed 1950s-set queer love story. Gay writer-producer extraordinaire Greg Berlanti (Love, Simon, Dawson’s Creek) has been tapped to produce the adaptation for Amazon Studios, according to Collider.
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Harry Styles is in negotiations to star alongside Lily James in a film adaptation of My Policeman. The critically-acclaimed LGBTQ+ novel from Bethan Roberts is set in 1950s Brighton, England, and follows Marion, a schoolteacher, who falls in love with a policeman called Tom. Tom, however, develops feelings for a museum curator named Patrick, who opens his eyes to a brand new world. Due to social constraints of the era, he decides that it is safer for him to marry Marion, and the two lovers are forced to share him until one of them breaks. Although the story is set in the 1950s, it takes place in the 1990s, when an elderly Patrick arrives to Marion and Tom’s home, triggering flashbacks of the events from 40 years ago. According to Deadline, James and Styles are in talks to star as Marion and Tom. So far, there’s been no word on who will play Patrick. Hit the link in bio to read the full story! Photography: @helenepambrun.photography
The project is currently untitled, although it already has the makings of Oscar gold. Tony winner Michael Grandage (Genius) is directing from a script by Ron Nyswaner, who previously scored an Oscar nod for his work on Philadelphia. And actress Lily James (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again) is slated to star alongside Styles.
My Policeman (2012) transports readers to 1950s Brighton, England, where a schoolteacher named Marion (James) falls for a handsome police officer named Tom (Styles). Tom, however, is drawn to Patrick, a glamorous museum curator. Since it’s the ’50s and homosexuality is still illegal, Tom takes the safe route and marries Marion while continuing to see Patrick. His two lovers share him until one of them breaks.
Although the love story is set in the ’50s, the film will technically take place in the 1990s and use poignant flashbacks to unfold the tale. The drama, y’all!
Styles has said he doesn’t feel the need to label his sexual orientation, but the One Direction alum’s solo music is ripe with evidence of queerness. He’s been known to wave LGBTQ Pride flags at his concerts (see above).
The 26-year-old also guest-starred as an Instagay who loves poppers in the now-infamous “Sara Lee” Saturday Night Live sketch, which lives rent free in my head.