Dan Stevens

The 'Downton Abbey' Cast: What Are They Up To Now?

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It’s been a few months since we sadly had to say farewell to period drama Downton Abbey and the many popular stars that comprised its cast. Knowing that come this January, we won’t see the familiar faces of Michelle Dockery, Hugh Bonneville or Maggie Smith on our screens every Sunday night still feels pretty surreal, and to be honest, is something we are all probably trying to avoid thinking about as much as possible.

But, even though Downton is gone (SNIFF), it doesn’t mean that we’ve said goodbye to all the great actors who played the Crawley clan forever. Many of the show’s stars have brand new projects in the works (many of which look markedly different from their respective roles when they were at Highclere). 

So let’s see what they’ve been up to, shall we? 

The first image of Dan Stevens in "Legion". (Photo: FX/Marvel)

Dan Stevens is Coming Back to Television with New FX Series ‘Legion’

Get ready, world - Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens will be back on our television screens very soon. Everyone’s period drama Dream Boyfriend will be playing the lead role in a new superhero series for FX called Legion.

Last week it was officially announced that FX was picking up the X-Men spinoff-ish series for an eight-episode first season to air in 2017. Well, maybe it’s not a spinoff, directly, but it’s at least like X-Men adjacent. It’s about mutants after all.

Dan Stevens as Matthew Crawley in "Downton Abbey". His superhero outfit will probably look way different. (Photo: ITV)

‘Downton Abbey’s’ Dan Stevens to Star in FX’s Marvel Series ‘Legion’

Good news Downton Abbey fans – Dan Stevens is about to be back on our television screens! 

Stevens is set to star in Legion, the new X-Men universe pilot coming to FX from Fargo creator Noah Hawley. He’ll be playing David Haller, otherwise known as Legion. In the Marvel comics universe, he is the son of X-Men founder Charles Xavier, and has struggled with mental illness for most of his life. Diagnosed with schizophrenia and constantly in and out of mental hospitals, David is about to give up trying to find his way back to sanity when he meets the girl of his dreams, who happens to be a fellow patient. This encounter causes him to question whether the voices he hears and the visions he sees are real. 

'Downton Abbey's" Dan Stevens to Star in Live Action 'Beauty and the Beast'

Have you been missing Dan Stevens being all dreamy and perfect on Downton Abbey? Okay, maybe you haven't been missing him THAT much, given that he's kept himself pretty busy with a variety of film roles The Guest, A Walk Among the Tombstones, Night at the Museum) and even a bit of stage work (The Heiress) since leaving HIghclere Castle behind. But, that's okay, because he's just landed the dream role we have all known he was perfect for since way back when Downton first began - an actual Disney prince!

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Stevens has officially been cast to play the Beast in Disney's upcoming live adaptation of the Oscar-nominated animated classic Beauty and the Beast. He will star opposite Brit Emma Watson, who was cast as Belle several weeks ago. (Rumor has it that another up and coming British thespian - Luke Evans - is in talks to take on the role of the nefarious Gaston, but that hasn't been confirmed quite yet.

Get Your First Look at ‘Downton Abbey’s’ Dan Stevens in ‘Night at the Museum 3’

Here’s the deal: We’re all never going to get over Matthew Crawley on Downton Abbey. It’s just not happening. We’re going to miss Dan Stevens around the Highclere Castle grounds forever, no matter how much we end up enjoying Lord Tony or Evelyn Napier whoever else shows up next season. So, it’s totally okay that we’re all obsessively tracking his post-Downton career with a zeal we don’t even dedicate to keeping apprised of the lives of actual family members. It’s fine.

Luckily, Stevens has been doing his best to keep busy since departing the 1920s. He’s made several movies over the past year and a half, playing everything from a swoony romantic lead (again), to a troubled drug dealer (yikes) to what appears to be a complete psychopath (oh dear). Happily, his role in franchise sequel Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb looks though it’s going to be a bit more as familiar.

Steven joins the third installment of the family-friendly franchise, starring Ben Stiller and Robin Williams, that follows the story of a nighttime security guard who discovers that all the exhibits in the museum come to life after the building shuts down, with the help of a magical Egyptian tablet. (It’s cute, just go with it.) Secret of the Tomb finds our heroes headed to London to solve a mystery at the British Museum and meeting a bunch of new museum figures who are secretly alive.

Stevens plays Lancelot – yes that Lancelot – and as you can see from the trailer below, looks rather perfect for the part, even if he is sporting some rather deplorable facial hair.

Matthew Crawley No More: Dan Stevens Gets Creepy in Trailer for 'The Guest'

It’s probably not incorrect to say that as much as we all love Downton Abbey – and we really, really do obviously – we all still feel a little sting in our hearts when we think about how much we miss Matthew Crawley and his (rather dreamy) portrayer Dan Stevens. Just face it: We’re never going to be over it.

Luckily, Stevens has kept himself pretty busy since leaving the Highclere Castle crew: starring on Broadway and landing big time movie roles opposite Liam Neeson (A Walk Among the Tombstones), Ben Stiller (Night at the Museum 3) and Benedict Cumberbatch (The Fifth Estate). He’s now prepping the release of yet another film – in which he plays what is possibly his most un-Matthewlike role yet.

Liam Neeson and Dan Stevens in the Trailer for ‘A Walk Among the Tombstones’

The first trailer for A Walk Among the Tombstones has been released, starring Liam Neeson and based on the bestselling series of mystery novels by Lawrence Block. The film, in which Neeson plays – surprise, surprise – an ex-New York City cop with a tragic past turned law-bending private detective, also stars Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens, Luther’s Ruth Wilson, Sebastian Roche, and Boyd Holbrook .

Interestingly enough, however, in role that seems particularly designed to be the anti-Matthew Crawley, Stevens plays a heroin trafficker who hires Neeson’s character to track down (and presumably do bad things to) the men responsible for kidnapping and murdering the drug dealer’s wife. So, not exactly a swoony romance, y’know?

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