'It ultimately comes from this question of prayer and faith and what happens when your prayers are answered or not,' Stevens says of the film

By Joey Nolfi
April 04, 2017 at 10:00 AM EDT

Before he starred in Disney’s live-action retelling of Beauty and the Beast that continues to dominate the domestic box office, Dan Stevens helped filmmaker Ido Fluk weave a modern fable of love, luck, and the dangers of superficiality in the indie drama The Ticket, and EW has an exclusive sneak peek at the upcoming film.

The Ticket, which had its world premiere at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival, sees Stevens tackling the role of James, a devoted husband and father plagued by a rare medical condition that robs him of his ability to see. One morning, James miraculously regains the use of his fifth sense, prompting a jolt of emotions (some good, others dangerous) that drastically alter his life in ways he could never have imagined.

“It was very much Ido’s intention to explore something unexpected. It ultimately comes from this question of prayer and faith and what happens when your prayers are answered or not,” Stevens previously told EW of the film’s central dilemma. “I think it’s something that James struggles to come to terms with. There’s one way of telling the story, which is, ‘Everything’s great, he’s got his sight back, how wonderful,’ but actually he feels like he gains his sight, but loses a huge part of his identity, and things fall apart in a weird way, and he struggles to rectify that.”

As James navigates a new lease on life with his vision intact, daily pressures stemming from his high stakes career and seemingly happy marriage magnify, and Stevens pushed himself to new dramatic heights to connect with the character — including extensive conversations with real life, formerly blind individuals before stepping onto Fluk’s set, which sometimes meant acting by himself in a room with nothing but a camera and a tripod.

“It’s a strange new world James enters, and everything for the first third of the film is strange, and there’s a weirdness and a newness to everything he was formerly familiar with,” Stevens explained of his director’s motivation for filming certain scenes in unorthodox ways. “Then anger bubbles up… so there were times it was appropriate [for Fluk] to just let us do our thing [on our own].”

The Ticket, which also stars Malin Åkerman, Oliver Platt, and Kerry Bishé, opens in select theaters (and hits VOD) on Friday. Watch EW’s exclusive clip from the film above, and be sure to read our full interview with Stevens here.

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