The Guest - Dan Stevens

As if to permanently put those “Matthew Crawley-esque” typecasting worries to bed, “Downton Abbey” alum Dan Stevens’ upcoming role has him starring as a something’s-not-quite-right surprise visitor in the Sundance standout “The Guest.”

Directed by “You’re Next’s” Adam Wingard, the film follows a family grieving over the loss of eldest son Caleb, who died in Iraq. Tensions escalate when Stevens’ David appears at their door, claiming to be a friend of Caleb’s from the war.

“Played in a key of macabre black comedy that’s deadpan save whenever all hell breaks loose, ‘The Guest’ is such nasty fun you might not realize until afterward that David’s real reasons for arriving are never quite clarified,” Variety’s Dennis Harvey wrote in his review from the film festival.

The film also stars Maika Monroe, Brendan Meyer, Sheila Kelley, Leland Orser and Lance Reddick.

“The Guest,” which also screened at South by Southwest, is part of this August’s Sundance NEXT festival. The film was acquired by Picturehouse, which will release it in September in the U.S.

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