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TIFF: How Michael Grandage landed Harry Styles and Emma Corrin for LGBT drama 'My Cop'

Although director Michael Grandage’s star influence on Harry Styles in his first appearance in Force knows very well) My Cop – his sophomore story adapted from Bethan Roberts’ 2012 Romance Fiction – It’s really popular. There was a time when a rumour about a musician’s involvement in the movie was made public.

“When it started getting out, the sales of the book had just peaked. It was absolutely insane,” said the Briton, a well-known , award-winning theatre director, whose performance at the 2016 Berlin Film Festival marked his first transition as a filmmaker – bowing genius. “This poor, lovely writer, who’s been so busy with his career, suddenly became a best-selling author overnight. I thought, ‘Oh my God, I get it, this is the power of this boy.'”

FORBIDDEN LOVE STORY UK when same-sex relationships were illegal, My Policeman, used with Amazon Prime Video and premiered in September. at the Toronto 2016 International Film Festival, see Stein Les plays Tom, a cop who has feelings for museum curator Patrick (David Dawson). While the two keep their relationship a secret, Tom marries local teacher Marion (Emma Colin), and her jealousy can wreak havoc sexual consequences. Moved to 1990, the trio (played by Linus Roach, Rupert Everett and Gina McKee) are still remorseful , but seek to repair the damage done 1990 years ago.

Given his music career and busy tour schedule, attracting Styles’ interest may seem like an uphill struggle. But Grandage admits they never actually approached the star, and while My Cop was in development, his only on-screen role was Christopher Nolan of Dunkirk (although he’s about to be involved in Olivia Wilde’s don’t worry dear is well known – this movie will almost be made back – with My Policeman).

movie The script circulated, and it was Styles’ team who reached out, saying he liked it and wanted to discuss it further. It wasn’t long before the director met someone who had not only read the script and the novel thoroughly, but was able to talk “very, very eloquently” about what he could bring to the role of Tom. Grandage notes, “He was very clear, he said, ‘I’ve done one film and now I’m working on another film that I know I’m going to love as my next film project.'”

Involving one of the biggest names in the world of pop music on his next story might be surprisingly simple, but when it comes to casting a future princess, Grandage has something similar good luck. Before revealing they would be playing Diana Spencer in The Crown, a producer mentioned Colin, saying he was “in the grapevine” Heard really good things in the gang, and they’re very, very funny.” However, with the addition of Styles, Grandage was concerned about casting My Policeman another major role.

“But the consensus is that the world will soon hear from them, not just Diana, but everything else,” he said of Colin . The consensus is correct (Corrin is also on Netflix for the upcoming Lady Chatterley’s Lover is about to land and their The Crown – Fueled star status looks set to soar further). Then he met the actor, and like Styles, he knew it right away. “Obviously, I was in a room with someone who was eager to play the role and knew exactly what they wanted to bring to it.”

Although it’s been six years Since his first feature film delves into the relationship between writer Thomas Wolfe and his editor Max Perkins, Grandage says he “loves, loves, loves every part of his job”, At one point he was desperate to get back behind the camera for more. So in addition to juggling his theatre commitments (his Michael Grandage company has staged Martin MacDonald’s Lieutenant Inishmore in several shows in the years since) ), he started developing several projects. But then my cops had dinner in New York with producer Greg Berlanti and Robbie Roger, and he went straight to work.

For Grandage – he also told Styles – he really liked the “political side” of the story, and making a “something to say as a part of the larger debate” part” of the film. In today’s society. Despite my cop’s historical background, he says he finds it an unfortunate poignancy, claiming “substantial progress” since

s Suddenly there is a sense of vulnerability.

“For the first time in my life it feels vulnerable again. And I think it will remind people, and hopefully even educate people, and certainly remind people that if you make it Be vulnerable and let it go backwards, and that’s where you’re going. You’re getting to a place where people can’t be themselves and they can’t be free.”



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