It was seemingly only a matter of time before The Crown star, Emma Corrin was immersed fully into the zeitgeist, and today appears to be the day with the announcement that she will join Harry Styles in a new queer film titled My Policeman.
The Golden Globe-nominated actor will play a role she is rather familiar with after her breakout role as Princess Diana: a third-wheeling wife. Based on Bethany Roberts' novel of the same name, the story is set in the late 1990s, when elderly Patrick arrives at Marion (Corrin) and Tom’s (Styles) home. Patrick's presence triggers the exploration of monumental events from 40 years previous: the passionate relationship between Tom and Patrick at a time when homosexuality was illegal.
My Policeman is set to be directed by Tony and Olivier Award winner Michael Grandage, featuring a script from Oscar and Emmy nominee Ron Nyswaner. It will be produced by Greg Berlanti, Robbie Rogers and Sarah Schecter of Berlanti-Schechter Films. The film is expected to start shooting in April 2021, and will premiere on Amazon Prime.
Lily James was originally slated to play the role of Marion when Styles’ casting was first announced in September last year, but the actress dropped out of the project citing to unforeseen circumstances, leaving Corrin room to swoop in, uniting the emerging but extremely popular actors.
We are, of course, huge fans of Styles, and excited to watch his face for hours on end. However, it would feel remiss if we didn't touch on the dialogue of letting non-queer actors play queer roles. As previously mentioned, Styles' sexuality has been left rather ambiguous in the eyes of the media, which is absolutely his right. As such, the conversation remains to question who should be first in line to be considered for these roles, but the nuance lies in our obsession to immediately and swiftly label people in order to establish where they fit. In Styles' case, he doesn't appear to be in any rush to be saddled with a label, so for now, we'll have to hope that his intention of ambiguity lies in exploration, and not in co-opting queer identities.