Former Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens to star as Captain Flint in new BBC adaptation of Swallows and Amazons!

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Former Downton Abbey star, Dan Stevens, has been announced as starring in a new adaptation of Arthur Ransome’s 1930 children’s novel Swallows and Amazons, the Radio Times reports!

Stevens broke the hearts of Downton fans globally when, at the end of series 3, he decided not to renew his contract, which forced the hands of the writers to kill his character, Matthew Crawley, off during 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.

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In this latest project, which follows the adventures and play of two families of children in the summer of 1929 in the Lake District, Stevens is set to 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.

The adaptation is being made by Harbour Pictures and the BBC, and produced by Nick Barton, who said of the project:

“We have gone right back to the original books. The reason I wanted to do this film was that I read all of the books when I was a child and loved them.”

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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.

Watch an interview with Dan Stevens and his former Downton co-star Rob James Collier, discussing their roles in the epic ITV period drama, in the clip below: