Here's who Harry Styles would have played in Robert Eggers’ Nosferatu movie

After he saw fans speculating online whether Harry would've played a sexy vampire or his sexy mortal target, the director has now revealed all.

by Tom George
11 April 2022, 10:28am

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There is a reality where, in a year or so, we would all be sitting in a cinema thirstily watching Harry Styles in the arms of a sexy vampire, with the life being sucked out of his very soul. Sadly, that reality is not this one. Yep, after The Lighthouse director Robert Eggers revealed in a recent interview that he came very close to casting Harry in his upcoming remake of Nosferatu, alongside Anya Taylor-Joy, he has now explained exactly who the “As It Was” singer would have played.

Speaking to The New Yorker, the esteemed A24 director behind the new viking thriller The Northman discussed both that and what will eventually follow it: a remake of the classic, silent German expressionist vampire film that celebrates its 100th birthday this year. He’s due to start shooting soon, and his go-to acting collaborator Anya-Taylor Joy is still tied to the project. Sadly, Harry had to drop out due to scheduling issues.

Since those comments, fans have been speculating online who the Fine Line singer was meant to play in the movie. Would he have been Count Orlok, joining the ranks of sparkly-skin Robert Pattinson, Angel and Spike in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Lady Gaga, as a horny sexy vampire? Also known as Count Dracula in the 1897 book by Bram Stoker the 1922 film was based on, Orlok is an aristocratic Transylvanian vampire. Or perhaps Harry would have been Thomas Hutter; the British estate agent who comes to help the Count sell his castle and ends up falling into his dark, alluring web?

Addressing the speculation, Eggers has confirmed Harry was meant to play the latter. “I do want to be clear that Harry was going to be Thomas Hutter and not the vampire,” he told The Guardian. We can assume Anya will be playing Ellen Hutter, the estate agent’s wife, who Orlok desires and subsequently pursues to England.

“I hope that it happens. I’ve spent so much time, you know, thinking about it and scouting: it would be a shame if it somehow doesn’t happen. But it seems shocking to me that it’s fallen apart twice already,” he also added. In The New Yorker interview he also revealed he put on a lauded stage production of the vampire story in high school, and that he was due to be in Prague to start pre-production for the movie shortly. It seems, then, work on the remake is still likely to go ahead.

It also makes sense that Harry wouldn’t be able to spend the next few months working on the movie, given his new album, Harry’s House, is scheduled to be released in May. He’s also headlining Coachella this spring and gearing up for a world tour in the summer, and so there’s maybe not a lot of space for bonus horny horror projects. As of yet, there’s currently no news on who’s set to be Harry’s replacement but we may or may not be currently forming a manifestation circle for Timothée Chalamet to become available.

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