Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 27 January 2015

Stevens for Swallows And Amazons

Dan Stevens is in the frame for the Swallows And Amazons remake
Dan Stevens is in the frame for the Swallows And Amazons remake

Dan Stevens has signed up for a new role in a big-screen remake of Swallows And Amazons.

Dan quit hit ITV period drama Downton Abbey to pursue a Hollywood career, with his character Matthew Crawley killed in a car crash.

According to The Westmorland Gazette, the actor will play James Turner, who the children nickname Captain Flint, in a new big-screen version of Arthur Ransome's famous story.

The last movie adaptation of the book, which tells the story of a summer in the lives of the Walker and Blackett children, was made in 1974.

Producer Nick Barton told the newspaper: "We are not remaking the film from the 1970s - we have gone right back to the original books and want to be true to them."

Harbour Pictures, who are behind hits such as Calendar Girls, and BBC Films are set to make the movie and filming will begin in the Lake District this summer.

Dan is currently filming The Fifth Estate, about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and crime drama A Walk Among The Tombstones.

He recently starred in Broadway play The Heiress.

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