After his controversial departure from Downton Abbey, Dan Stevens has carved out a variety of interesting roles for himself. He’s currently the charismatic and conflicted star of FX’s Legion, the new super-powered series from Fargo creator Noah Hawley that brings one of the most powerful mutants from the pages of Marvel’s “X-Men” universe to the small screen. On the big screen, Stevens will double up for Disney as the Beast and the Prince in the highly anticipated, live-action adaptation, Beauty and the Beast. Not a bad start to the year for Stevens.
On the decidedly less fantastic side of things, though not without some improbable elements, Stevens will star in The Ticket, a drama that earned a Jury Award nomination at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival. It finds Stevens once again playing a conflicted and tormented man who undergoes a physical transformation which starts to affect the world around him. Stevens seems to have that character arc locked down in 2017, and you can glimpse his performance in the movie’s first trailer below.
Also starring Malin Akerman, Oliver Platt, Kerry Bishé, and Liza J. Bennett, director Ido Fluk‘s first American film The Ticket opens in theaters and On Demand April 7th, from Shout Factory.
Check out the first trailer for The Ticket below:
Here’s the official synopsis for The Ticket (via Tribeca):
After James (Dan Stevens), a blind man, inexplicably regains his vision, he becomes possessed by a drive to make a better life for himself. However, his new improvements—a nicer home, a higher paying job, tailored suits, luxury car—leave little room for the people who were part of his old, simpler life: his plain wife (Malin Åkerman) and close friend Bob (Oliver Platt). As his relationships buckle under the strain of his snowballing ambition, it becomes uncertain if James can ever return from darkness.
Director Ido Fluk paints a visual world that reflects the mesmerizing effect that newfound sight has on James; the vibrant backgrounds and the sun-drenched rooms are captivating in their beauty. His dreamy and subjective style combines with an astute sense of character to craft a modern morality fable of desire, perception, and what it really means to be blind.