“Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellowes has opened up about Matthew Crawley’s death and actor Dan Stevens’ departure from the show, revealing spoilers about what’s next for the now-widowed Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery).
In a Q&A with the New York Times on the occasion of his Emmy nomination, Fellowes revealed that he feels that the “Downton Abbey” team has been forgiven for the shocking death of Matthew Crawley in the Season 3 finale.
“Once people had realized it was Dan [Steven]’s choice and not us, then we were forgiven,” Fellowes revealed.
“Dan felt three years were long enough for him and he wanted to get on with his film career and all the rest of it. We wish him nothing but good things.”
Fellowes also revealed some spoilers about how – and when – Season 4 will begin.
“Well the advantage of Dan dying at the end of last season as opposed to the beginning of the new one is we are able to have a six-month gap,” Fellowes said.
“So we don’t have to do funerals and memorials and all that stuff. That has all happened — we rejoin the family six months after his death.
“The sort of subtitle of the series is the rebuilding of Mary, really,” he added.
Fellowes also added that we’re unlikely to see the ghost of Matthew Crawley around anytime soon, a la “Dallas.”
Dan’s monthly column for The Telegraph is now online, here’s a brief excerpt below!
‘Any news?” It’s the phrase that can turn a heavily pregnant woman psychotic. At 40 weeks immediate family and extended circles – or, in the case of Kate and William, the entire nation and its media – become a chanting pack, essentially goading the mother to give birth, which tends to have the opposite effect. In an age when there is an app for almost everything, it is strange that medical science cannot accurately predict when a child will be born. Only five per cent of babies are actually born on their given due date, yet the declaration of this hallowed day becomes ingrained in everyone’s calendar and leads to untold stress if it fails to deliver, so to speak.
The first casting news is here for the new flick from Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett (V/H/S, V/H/S/2, You’re Next, A Horrible Way to Die), which we told you about during EFM a couple of months back entitled The Guest. Read on for details.
The Wrap is reporting that up-and-coming actress Maika Monroe (pictured) has booked the female lead opposite Dan Stevens in the forthcoming psychological thriller. Stevens (“Downton Abbey”) stars as David, an ex-Marine who returns from a tour of duty a changed man and terrorizes a military family whose eldest son recently died. Monroe will play Anna, the female lead who is suspicious of David and must protect her younger brother from his cold-blooded wrath.
Adam Wingard will direct from a script by Simon Barrett, while Keith Calder and Jessica Wu will produce via Snoot Entertainment. Production starts this summer.
Last year, the nation gasped a collective gasp of utter shock when his character was suddenly killed off after his son and heir had just been born – but Dan Stevens has revealed that he doesn’t really miss Downton Abbey.
Stevens, who left the show at the end of the Christmas special when his character Matthew Crawley died in a car crash, said he misses the cast but there are things that he is glad to see the back of!
Speaking in an interview with ITN, he said: “I miss the cast particularly, they’re the thing I miss most.
“I don’t necessarily miss the stiff, high collars though or those interminable dinner scenes that took forever to shoot, but the cast remain great friends.”
Dan, 30, is currently promoting his new film Summer In February in which he stars alongside Dominic Cooper and Emily Browning.
Set in the early 20th century, the film revolves around a love triangle involving the three stars, which Dan was happy to explain.
Talking about his character, he said: “Gilbert Evans is a very sweet, upstanding, honourable man who looks after various communities of artists down on this land in Cornwall, and he’s great friends with a rather roguish painter who is the star of the show, the centre of this community, Alfred Mullings.
“And while they’re down there, this mysterious ethereal and beautiful girl comes down from London to join her brother who’s already painting down there. Both men fall in love with her and she is really genuinely torn between Mr Nice and Mr Rock ‘n’ Roll. And it’s that classic dilemma.”
Dan is married to South African vocalist-turned-singing teacher Susie Hariet with whom he has two children with, three-year-old daughter Willow, and son Aubrey, born in May last year.
And despite being a family man, he also has a great group of friends and manages to share his time with both.
He said: “I’ve tried to strike a happy balance to my own life.”
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