Former Downton Abbey star, Dan Stevens (Matthew Crawley) to star in new Liam Neeson action film?

by Anna Howell

After we reported earlier this week that former Downton Abbey star, Dan Stevens, was being lined up to play Mr Darcy in the new BBC Pride & Prejudice spin-off series, it now seems that he may have his sights set somewhat higher as well.

Dan Stevens broke the hearts of Downton Abbey fans all over the world last Christmas when the never ending rumours that he had not renewed his Downton Abbey contract at the end of series three were proved true when his character, Matthew Crawley, was killed in car accident during the festive special.

The death of Matthew Crawley sparked a fair bit of criticism form fans who considered the circumstances surrounding it incredibly similar to those surrounding the death of Lady Sybil earlier the same year.

Since announcing his decision to leave the show, there has been much speculation regarding Stevens’, who cited conquering America as his main reason for leaving the show, next project.

The Pride & Prejudice spin-off, one of many projects Stevens has been rumoured to be setting up, is set around the novel, Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D James, which was written as a sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, set six years after the original story ended, following the lives of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy.

Mr Darcy, as portrayed by Colin Firth in the original BBC adaptation of Pride & Prejudice

Mr Darcy, as portrayed by Colin Firth in the original BBC adaptation of Pride & Prejudice

However now, according to, Stevens is also in talks with the production company that is producing the new Liam Neeson film, A Walk Among The Tombstones, which Scott Frank will both direct and adapt from Lawrence Block’s novel.

There are no reports as yet as to what role Stevens will play in the film, in which Neeson will be playing an ex-New York cop hired to find a drug dealer’s kidnapped wife, only to find things are not exactly as they seem.

As well as the Pride & Prejudice spin-off, and this latest film, Stevens is also currently working on The Fifth Estate, the biopic of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange that is also set to star Sherlock star, Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Bruhl.

Watch an interview with Dan Stevens in the clip below: