The Guest, a gory film to be shown at the Sundance NEXT festival in August, has released a teaser trailer. The movie stars Downton Abbey‘s Dan Stevens and is directed by Adam Wingard (You’re Next), who world premiered it last January at Sundance. The HanWay Films and Snoot Entertainment production will be released by Picturehouse in the US and Icon Pictures in the UK. Here it is:
EXCLUSIVE: Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens has been cast as Lancelot in Fox‘s Night At The Museum 3. This is a pivotal role in the film, which is set in London. Ben Stiller is expected to return as museum security guard Larry Daley and Robin Williams is in talks to return as Theodore Roosevelt. Shawn Levy is expected to return to the director’s chair in his signature franchise which has grossed north of $1 billion. Production is expected to begin early next year.
Stevens was just seen in The Fifth Estate, and next stars in Adam Wingard’s The Guest. He’s co-starring with Liam Neeson in A Walk Among The Tombstones for director Scott Frank.
Downton Abbey alum Dan Stevens has been booking roles of late that mark a departure from the hit period series, including Wikileaks movie The Fifth Estate and thriller A Walk Among The Tombstones. Summer In February, which Stevens exec produced, sees him firmly back in period drama. Dominic Cooper also stars with Emily Browning in the CrossDay Productions/Apart Films title. Christopher Menaul directed the adaptation by Jonathan Smith from his own novel that’s set at an Edwardian artists’ colony on the Cornish coast of England before the start of WWI. Metrodome releases in the UK on June 14. Here’s the trailer:
Calendar Girls producer Nick Barton is gearing up for a summer shoot on family film Swallows And Amazons. Downton Abbey alum Dan Stevens is in talks for the key role of James Turner, aka Captain Flint. Swallows And Amazons is the first book in the children’s series by Arthur Ransome. Set in England’s Lake District in the summer of 1929, the books center on the Walker kids and the Blackett kids whose respective sailboats are dubbed Swallow and Amazon. When the adventurous and imaginative children meet, they join forces against their common enemy – the Blacketts’ uncle James whom they call Captain Flint.
Casting is underway for the children who are aged from six to 13. The Guard brothers Charles and Thomas, who directed the DreamWorks/Paramount suspense pic The Uninvited in 2009, are helming. Andrea Gibb is scripting the co-production from Barton’s Harbour Pictures and BBC Films. The books were previously adapted for the screen in 1974.
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After months of speculation, it’s now official that Dan Stevens has not re-upped at Downton Abbey. A spokesperson for the show confirms that the actor, who plays Matthew Crawley on the hugely popular period drama, will not be back for Season 4 which starts shooting in the UK this winter. Season 3 ended its regular run on the UK’s ITV in November but also with a Christmas special that aired last night in the UK. That special explained Matthew’s exit. Season 3 begins airing in the U.S. on PBS on January 6th. Stevens is currently starring with Jessica Chastain in The Heiress on Broadway and exec produced and stars in the upcoming indie, Summer In February. He has also been linked to DreamWorks’ untitled Wikileaks movie.
‘Downton Abbey’ Season 3 Is Highest-Rated In UK; 2-Hour Movie To Air At Christmas; Questions Linger On Fourth Season
Downton Abbey ended its official Season 3 run on the UK’s ITV Sunday night with an average 10.1M viewers and a 39.1% share. The score marked a high for the season which had previously peaked in the overnights on October 21. With an overall average of 9.7M viewers, the third season has become the highest-rated for the period drama – Season One averaged 8.4M and Season Two had 9.5M. The show now take a hiatus from British screens until Christmas Day when a 2-hour special will air (though I’m told it will not have a holiday theme). That follows a similar pattern to last year when a Christmas movie tied up some loose ends at the Grantham estate. However, there’s no plan this year to screen the movie for local media as much of the cast including Dan Stevens, Michelle Dockery, Jessica Brown Findlay and Lesley Nichol will be in the U.S. on a press tour ahead of Season 3′s January 6 PBS debut.
Questions continue to swirl around the possibility of a fourth season as core actors including Stevens see their stars rise. He’s currently on Broadway opposite Jessica Chastain in The Heiress and recently told The Wall Street Journal, “I think we’ll have to wait and see really,” about a fourth season. “You do feel a certain obligation to shows that raise your profile like Downton has. But there are definitely other exciting opportunities out there.” Downton creator Julian Fellowes told me in May that he envisioned the show going on for at least four seasons. He’s now commented to The Telegraph, “I think I’d be surprised if there was not a fourth series.” ITV, which has the final word on whether another season goes forward, ordered Season 3 at just about this time last year.
With production on the third season of PBS’ hit Downton Abbey wrapping soon, castmember Dan Stevens is set to play golddigger Morris Townsend in the Broadway revival of Ruth and Augustus Goetz’ play The Heiress this fall, which itself was based on the Henry James novel. Stevens plays Matthew Crawley, who is in line to inherit the grand titular estate in Downton Abbey. He will appear opposite Jessica Chastain, as the heiress herself Catherine Sloper, and David Strathairn as her disapproving father. This marks the Broadway debut for both Chastain and Stevens. The play based on Henry James’ Washington Square is being produced by Paula Wagner, Roy Furman and Stephanie P. McClelland and directed by Moisés Kaufman. Stevens’ previous stage work, in London, include playing Septimus Hodge in Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia and the Doctor in Stoppard and Andre Previn’s Every Good Boy Deserves Favour.
There’ll be a host of fresh faces at Downton Abbey when the show comes back to the UK’s ITV later this year. Details are slight for the moment, but I’ve confirmed Ed Speleers has joined the cast as new footman Jimmy. Speleers, known for 2006′s dragon adventure Eragon, will next be seen with Timothy Spall and Jessica Szohr in the horror comedy Love Bite. Other recent staffers to join the Grantham estate include War Horse‘s Matt Milne as Alfred, a footman who’s also the nephew of is-she-or-isn’t-she-evil lady’s maid O’Brien. Newcomers Cara Theobold and Lucille Sharp are also on board as maids. In January, Shirley MacLaine signed on to play mother to Elizabeth McGovern’s Cora Grantham — and a foil for Maggie Smith’s irrepressible Dowager Countess.
Regarding the contract status of Smith and Dan Stevens (who plays Matthew Crawley on the series), the official line is that seasons 4 and 5 have not been addressed, nor ordered, nor written. (I’ve also heard that Dame Maggie isn’t in the habit of signing contracts until the last minute anyway.) Still, some cast members including McGovern, Hugh Bonneville and Michelle Dockery are said to have signed for those seasons, according to our pals at TVLine. In response to the contract reports, the show released a statement: “We are currently filming series three of Downton Abbey in which all the cast have returned. ITV have not yet commissioned a fourth …
When the UK feature Summer In February was originally announced in December, Dominic Cooper and Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens were to form a love triangle in the film with Ophelia Lovibond. Now comes word from the production that Sucker Punch‘s Emily Browning has stepped in for Lovibond. The CrossDay Productions/Apart Films title is directed by Christopher Menaul and adapted by Jonathan Smith from his own novel set at an Edwardian artists’ colony on the Cornish coast of England before the start of WWI. Principal photography starts Sunday. CrossDay’s Pippa Cross and Janette Day and Apart Films’ Jeremy Cowdrey are producing. Stevens is exec producing, a first for the actor. When I saw him last month in London at the screening of the Downton Abbey Christmas Special, he told me he was looking forward to the experience — if not the cold weather in Cornwall.
Downstairs at London’s Mayfair Hotel was Downton Abbey central this afternoon as ITV screened the show’s upcoming 2-hour Christmas Day special for the press. Several key cast members were there including Dan Stevens – who was just named a Man Booker Prize judge for 2012 and is starring in and producing Summer In February beginning next month – along with Brendan Coyle, Lesley Nicol and Rob James-Collier, among others. The Julian Fellowes-created show has become a phenomenon in Britain where it recently concluded its second season on ITV with a 21% uptick over the first, making it the most popular drama series on Brit TV in over a decade. (In the States, season 2 kicks off on PBS in January.) A 3rd series begins shooting on February 13 and will be set in the early 20s, but producer Liz Trubridge couldn’t give away many details saying they’d had just “a glimpse” of Fellowes’ first drafts. The 3rd season will also include a 2-hour telefilm, Trubridge confirmed to Deadline. Fans of the show (who, according to Siobhan Finneran – aka devious lady’s maid O’Brien – include Tom Hanks) should be mighty satisfied with the special screened today that takes place over a tumultuous holiday period in 1919. With regard to continuing the show, Trubridge told Deadline that it’s a wait-and-see game since commissioning is done at the end of the current season. “I’m sure we’d all want to do it,” …
Devil’s Double star Dominic Cooper, Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens and Mr Popper’s Penguins’ Ophelia Lovibond are set to hook up for Summer In February. Adapted by Jonathan Smith from his own novel, the film is a love triangle set at an Edwardian artists’ colony on the Cornish coast of England in the early 20th century. Cooper will play Alfred Munnings, Stevens is Gilbert Evans and Lovibond is Florence Carter-Wood. Christopher Menaul is directing the film, which will begin principal photography in January. The CrossDay/Apart Films production is produced by Pippa Cross and Janette Day of CrossDay and Jeremy Cowdrey of Apart Films. Bob Benton and Dan Stevens are executive producers.