Dan Stevens is looking very un-Matthew Crawley-like at The Fifth Estate screening at the 38th Toronto International Film Festival. Since his Downton Abbey days are behind him, he has slimmed down and shunned his blonde locks – and I think I like it.
Dan Stevens poses for a photograph on the red carpet at the gala for the new movie “The Fifth Estate” during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013. Jason Merritt/Getty Images
But the fandoms really collided when Benedict Cumberbatch entered the picture with Dan Stevens – Sherlockians, Trekkies and Downtonians. Oh my!!!
Benedict Cumberbatch, Dan Stevens and Daniel Bruhl look smoking hot for debut of “The Fifth Estate” at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival on September 5, 2013
Benedict Cumberbatch arrives on the TIFF red carpet for The Fifth Estate. Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press
Will you be going to see The Fifth Estate because of Dan Stevens or Benedict Cumberbatch? Inquiring minds want to know.
Dan Stevens has been a busy boy since his Downton Abbey character Matthew Crawley died in a tragic car crash leaving us to mourn without him last year. He filmed The Fifth Estate this past year along with a star-studded cast, including PBSMasterpiece’s own Laura Linney. What would the U.S. viewers do without Laura Linney introducing Downton Abbey to us on Sunday nights???
The Fifth Estate is a DreamWorks Pictures film directed by Bill Condon and starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Bruhl, Anthony Mackie, David Thewlis, Alicia Vikander, Peter Capaldi, Carice van Houten, Dan Stevens, Stanley Tucci and Laura Linney.
Stevens (picture above with Peter Capaldi) will play Ian Katz who is a South-African born British journalist who was the deputy editor of The Guardian. In May 2013 it was announced that Katz was to become the new editor of the BBC Two current affairs program Newsnight.
(Dr. Who fans should be thrilled to get a sneak peek at Peter Capaldi since he was recently announced as the newest Doctor on the show.)
DreamWorks just released the official movie poster for the film which is opening on October 18, 2013.
The story begins as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl) team up to become underground watchdogs of the privileged and powerful. On a shoestring, they create a platform that allows whistle-blowers to anonymously leak covert data, shining a light on the dark recesses of government secrets and corporate crimes. Soon, they are breaking more hard news than the world’s most legendary media organizations combined. But when Assange and Berg gain access to the biggest trove of confidential intelligence documents in U.S. history, they battle each other and a defining question of our time: what are the costs of keeping secrets in a free society-and what are the costs of exposing them? Written by DreamWorks Pictures
Check out the trailer – sadly, Dan Stevens doesn’t appear in it.