Downton Abbey‘s loss may be the film industry’s gain. EW has confirmed that ex-Matthew Crawley Dan Stevens is in negotiations to star in Swallows and Amazons, producer Nick Barton’s upcoming adaptation of Arthur Ransome’s children’s book. Another film based on the novel was released in 1974.
The story, first published in 1930, follows a group of six children — the four Walkers, John, Susan, Titty, and Roger, and the two Blacketts, Nancy and Peggy — who meet one summer and unite against a common enemy: the Blacketts’ uncle James Turner, a withdrawn writer whom the children dub Captain Flint (after the pirate immortalized in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island). Stevens is in talks to play Turner.
The former Downton heir can next be seen in Scott Frank’s A Walk Among the Tombstones and Bill Condon’s WikiLeaks movie The Fifth Estate, both currently in production.