Esteemed filmmaker Christopher Nolan has confirmed more additions to the cast list for his upcoming epic Dunkirk, adding ‘Peaky Blinders’ stars Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy as well as One Direction’s Harry Styles to the project.

Nolan has already begun filming the World War II action thriller in the village of Dunkirk in France, the site of the massive military evacuation that signalled the end of Britain’s initial attempt to repel Nazi Germany in France. Filming will also take place in Holland and Los Angeles.

The three actors join Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh and Fionn Whitehead. The ensemble cast also includes Aneurin Barnard, James D’Arcy, Jack Lowden and Barry Keoghan.

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Murphy and Hardy, apart from being co-stars in the BBC historical drama favourite, have also both worked with Nolan before, both portraying baddies in the Batman trilogy. Hardy memorably played the masked Bane in The Dark Knight Rises in 2012, whereas Murphy played the Scarecrow / psychiatrist character in Batman Begins in 2005.

As for Styles, his role hasn’t yet been detailed but stills from the set indicate that it’s this job that is responsible for the 1D singer cutting off his trademark locks. Harvey Weinstein previously indicated to The Sun that he saw great potential for Styles to make the transition to the big screen.

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“I’ve met him two or three times and he was very interested and charming. I think the guy is a movie star. You know he’s a dashing rogue — a fun-loving, spirited kind of actor that used to be in England all the time. Like David Niven or Douglas Fairbanks, he’s got that vibe, he really does.”

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Meanwhile, Dunkirk is lined up for a July 21st, 2017 release, with Nolan co-producing alongside Emma Thomas as well as directing. The operation itself, in 1940, was an enormous logistical exercise that involved 800 boats saving 335,000 soldiers who had been cut off by German troops, and represented an important part of the war effort.

At the time of the operation, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill said the iconic lines: “We shall fight on beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills. We shall never surrender.”

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