Back in September, it was announced that our Harry (Styles, duh) will star in the on-screen adaptation of Bethan Roberts’ gay drama novel, My Policeman. It was later revealed that The Crown’s Emma Corrin had also joined the cast, instantly making it one of most exciting projects hitting screens over the next few years.
Set in 1950s Brighton, the book follows Styles’ Tom Burgess, a gay policeman who has to hide his sexuality, as homosexuality was illegal back then. Corrin’s Marion is a schoolteacher who falls in love with him anyway. But so does Patrick, a museum curator, who will be played by Peaky Blinders’ David Dawson. Tom and Marion end up getting married (remember, homosexuality was illegal), even though Tom is madly in love with Patrick. We’ll leave the spoilers for now.
Filming has officially begun in Brighton and, like most films these days, teasers have come in thick and fast. Exhibit A: the photo of Harry clad in a police uniform looking a wee bit Tom of Finland, which was released last night. B? The picture of, dun dun dun, a proper snog between Styles and Corrin outside a Worthing pub.
Unlike the book, the film will apparently start in the 1990s with an older cast (Rupert Everett has been confirmed to play Patrick), where Tom and Patrick will attempt to revisit their relationship after decades of separation – and marriage between Tom and Marion.
Written by screenwriter Ron Nyswaner, who has previously explored queerness, homophobia and AIDS in his work, and directed by Michael Grandage (theatre buff), a release date is yet to be confirmed. But it’s being distributed by Amazon Studios, so expect to see it on a laptop near you soon.
Meanwhile, gear up for Styles’ next film releases. He’ll soon be starring alongside Florence Pugh in Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry Darling, a psychological thriller also set in the ’50s. We’re sensing a theme.