Downton Abbey: Dan Stevens stars in and co-produces new British film “Summer in February” (VIDEO)

by Anna Howell


For those of you still mourning the exit of Dan Stevens from our Downton Abbey screens, fear not, his new drama Summer in February is due to be released in June, and we have the trailer to wet your appetite with!

Downton fans will know how Stevens sensationally quit the hugely popular ITV period drama when his original contract was up for renewal at the end of series three last year.

Stevens decided not to sing a new contract, opting to explore his new found US fame instead, forcing the hands of Downton writers to kill his character, Matthew Crawley, off in a car accident at the end of last year’s Christmas special.


Since then the actor, who also appeared in the 2008 BBC adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel, Sense & Sensibility as Edward Ferrars, has gone on to appear on Broadway alongside Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain in The Heiress and has recently been filming Wikileaks biopic The Fifth Estate with Benedict Cumberbatch and Laura Linney.

He has also been announced as starring in a new adaptation of Arthur Ransome’s 1930 children’s novel Swallows and Amazons, which follows the adventures and play of two families of children in the summer of 1929 in the Lake District, where he will play James Turner, or as he is more commonly known as Captain Flint – the uncle of the Amazon children Nancy and Peggy Blackett as they enjoy their summer with Walker children, the Swallows.


Stevens has also signed up to star in a new American crime/drama film, A Walk Among the Tombstones, based on a novel by Lawrence Block with the same name, directed and written by Scott Frank, and starring alongside Liam Neeson, Boyd Holbrook, Ruth Wilson and Sebastian Roché.

And now, with surely only a few fingers left to fill pies, Stevens has co-produced as well as starring in the new British drama film Summer in February, which is due for release in June and follows the true story of the wild and bohemian Lamorna Group attending The Newlyn School of artists at the beginning of the 20th Century ahead of the Great War.


Dominic Cooper, Emily Browning, Hattie Morahan, Mia Austen, Shaun Dingwall and Michael Maloney all join Stevens in the cast of the film, which has been directed by Christopher Menual.

Stevens will play land agent Gilbert Evans who competes with Cooper’s character, AJ Munnings for the affections of Florence Carter-Wood, who is played by Browning.

Summer in February will be released in the UK on June 14; Watch the official trailer for it in the clip below: