Date: September 2020

When Styles became formally attached to DWD in September 2020, attention on the film—already widely reported to be considered a high-priority release for the studio—was bumped up to an even more astronomical level. At the time, the Warner Bros. powers that be were said to have been actively looking for another project to best utilize Styles, who had earned good will with his aforementioned Dunkirk appearance.

Adding to the stars-aligning quality of Styles’ casting was that his tour schedule, previously speculated to have been a reason why he couldn’t initially commit to the film, had at this point been reshuffled with postponements due to the COVID-19 pandemic.