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Zayn Malik for the theatre?

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Zayn Malik for the theatre?

Zayn Malik wants a theatre role.

The 22-year-old singer - who shockingly quit One Direction in March this year - is reportedly keen to try his hand at stage acting during the Old Vic's 24 Hour Plays series, which takes place in the autumn months.

An insider told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "Everyone expects Zayn to go a certain way now he has quit 1D but his people are already talking with organisers of the 24 Hour Plays to get him involved.

"They want him to make a cameo, which won't require much acting but will see him in a grown-up light among some great A-list company. They also want to maintain his profile in America."

It is not the first time Zayn has considered moving into acting after 'Bend It Like Beckham' director Gurinder Chadha previously revealed he had spoken to her about starring in a movie.

She said: "We've met and spoken. He trained as an actor first then became part of the band.

"So I think what he'll be doing is staying true to his heart - and that's all you can ever do!"

It will go against Zayn's original plans, as he revealed he quit the chart-topping boy band in order to live a "normal" life.

He said: "I have to do what feels right in my heart. I am leaving because I want to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight."