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Anglophenia’s Tom Brook had a chance to catch up with writer/director Christopher Nolan and the cast of the soon-to-be blockbuster (according to us) film Dunkirk, in theaters today (July 21).

Viewers don’t necessarily need to be aware of the Battle of Dunkirk, explains one of the film’s co-stars, Mark Rylance, who you probably know from Wolf Hall. “It’s a classic story of people who can’t get home, who are trapped. They can almost see home across a simple element of water.”

He’s referring to 400,000 Allied soldiers who in 1940 found themselves surrounded by the German army in Dunkirk, France, and had to work their way to freedom.

Broadchurch‘s James D’Arcy, who portrays Colonel Winnant in the film, makes an interesting point about the casting, telling Brook, “One of the great things about the film is that the people who have recognizable faces blend in and become… just men. And the kids you’re introduced to, also fit in perfectly. It’s not a star-driven piece at all.”

Clearly, Harry Styles, who got his start on The X Factor in the U.K. and is lead singer of the band One Direction, falls into the “recognizable” category, but D’Arcy wasn’t aware he was in the film until arriving to the set. And, what did he think of the musician-turned-actor’s performance?

The headline is a little bit of a giveaway, but D’Arcy has more to say on Styles’ acting abilities… and it’s quite revealing.

In addition to Rylance and D’Arcy, we had a chance to chat with the film’s creator, Christopher Nolan (Interstellar), the lead star, newbie Fionn Whitehead, Mr. Styles himself, and Cillian Murphy (Peaky Blinders), who plays a soldier.

You can check it all out in the below video:

We kind of love when D’Arcy follows his “not a star-driven” comment with the observation that the premiere is, in fact, a star-driven experience. The adoring fans’ screams we can hear off camera make that much clear.

He’s SO right. We almost feel like we were there with Tom!

Are you heading out to see Dunkirk this weekend? 

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By Brigid Brown