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Trailer Watch: Dan Stevens Plays an Unexpected Visitor in 'The Guest'

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood June 26, 2014 at 11:30AM

Dan Stevens rocked the fan boat when he departed "Downton Abbey," with loyal Downton-ers shocked and dismayed at the death of his character, Matthew, the Abbey's heir.
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Dan Stevens rocked the fan boat when he departed "Downton Abbey," with loyal Downton-ers shocked and dismayed at the death of his character, Matthew, the Abbey's heir.

Now, he's up to something very different, playing the mysterious title character in "The Guest," a horror-thriller from Adam Wingard, director of the home invasion slasher "You're Next."  In the film, Steven's character, an unnamed soldier, shows up at the house of the Peterson family, introducing himself as a friend of their son who died in battle.  They welcome the stranger into their home, when suddenly a spate of accidental deaths begins to take place across the town.

As we reported yesterday, the Picturehouse film will be featured as part of Sundance's NEXT FEST in Los Angeles, scheduled for August 7-10 at the Ace Hotel in downtown LA.

Stevens has several films on the docket for 2014: "A Walk Among the Tombstones," Scott Frank's crime mystery starring Liam Neeson, "The Cobbler" from director Thomas McCarthy" and "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb," the third installment of the Ben Stiller-starring franchise, in which Stevens will play Sir Lancelot.

Check out the teaser for "The Guest" below.

This article is related to: Adam Wingard, You're Next, Sundance, Los Angeles, Trailers


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.