Harry Styles, continuing his major foray into the world of acting, is set to star in the upcoming LGBTQ love story My Policeman which is set in the 1950s.
Amazon Studios have edged out competitors in a bidding war for the rights of the film which, in turn, is due to be produced by Greg Berlanti and directed by Tony Award winner Michael Grandage. The film will tell the story of Tom Burgess, a gay policeman and Marion, a schoolteacher, falls in love with him nonetheless.
The project is based on the 2012 gay-themed novel of the same name and written by Bethan Roberts with Ron Nyswaner, the Oscar-nominated writer, working on adapting the screenplay.
According to Collider, singer and actor Styles is in the final phase of negotiations to play a role in the project while Berlanti has also confirmed to split the producing duties alongside his husband Robbie Rogers. Sarah Schechter, working through her Berlanti/Schechter Productions will also join the team.
Speculation also suggests that Lily James, who earned fame through her work on Downton Abbey, is also in the final stages of negotiations to play the female lead alongside Styles.
For the former One Direction member, My Policeman marks the second major cinematic project he is in talks to work on. Earlier this week it was reported that Styles would star alongside Florence Pugh in the new Olivia Wilde film Don’t Worry, Darling. If the two projects come to fruition, it will be Styles’ second and third film roles after previously playing a role in Christopher Nolan’s 2017 film Dunkirk.
According to Collider: “My Policeman is set in the 1950s in Brighton, England, where schoolteacher Marion first catches sight of Tom and becomes instantly smitten with the handsome policeman. Then Tom meets Patrick, a museum curator who opens his eyes to a glamorous, sophisticated new world. Though Tom is drawn to Patrick, it is safer for him, in that day and age, to marry Marion. Thus, the two lovers must share him, until one of them breaks and all three lives are forever changed.”