It’s been less than a week since he joined Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry Darling alongside Florence Pugh, but Syrup fave and singer-turned-actor Harry Styles is already in talks to potentially join another film as a queer man torn between his wife and another man.
Maybe 2020 is… uncancelled.
According to Deadline, Amazon Studios landed the rights to produce a film adaptation of Bethan Roberts’ My Policeman and is now eyeing Mr. Styles and Lily James (Baby Driver) as the film’s leads, police officer Tom and schoolteacher Marion.
As the original novel goes, per Digital Spy, Tom and Marion are a simple everyday couple living in East Sussex, England in the 1950s. But, one day, (upon a lightning strike, probably) Tom meets Patrick, a museum curator who opens his eyes to a new world and leaves him with a difficult decision to make.
Set in a time period where homosexuality was illegal, Tom is torn between his true feelings with Patrick and his safer path marrying Marion. That is, until his two lovers are forced to share him, one of them cracks and their three lives are changed forever.
Excuse me as I audibly keyboard smash and chaotically squawk because this sounds fucking incredible. And, just like Normal People, “it’s all about the yearning.”
Tony and Olivier Award-winning-director Michael Grandage will direct My Policeman from an adapted screenplay by Oscar-nominee Ron Nyswaner. Greg Berlanti (Love, Simon and Arrow), Sarah Schechter (Free Guy) and Robbie Rogers will produce alongside Cora Palfrey and Philip Herd at Independent Film Company and MGC.
No word yet on who will play Patrick but we are praying to the Gay Gods that it’s Richard Madden or Taron Egerton (can you imagine???). While Harry Styles isn’t officially confirmed to star in this LGBTIQA+ heart-wrenching romance just yet, we and the internet are holding out for our chance to play a random background character or inanimate object—people had mugs and lamps in the 1950s, right?—just to be a fly on the wall to this gay cinematic masterpiece.
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