Dan Stevens just can’t escape the aristocracy. The actor, who is currently starring as heir apparent Matthew Crawley in PBS’s smash soap Downton Abbey, will make his Broadway debut opposite Jessica Chastain and David Strathairn in The Heiress, which will bow at an as-yet-unannounced theatre in October 2012.
Stevens will play Morris Townsend, a charming gold digger who romances a wealthy heiress (Chastain, in her Broadway debut) despite the warnings of her father (Strathairn). The Moisés Kaufman-directed production is the fifth revival of the 1947 play, written by Ruth and Augustus Goetz, which was also adapted into a well-reviewed film in 1949.
“I couldn’t ask for a more exciting Broadway debut: to work on such a fascinating play, with such fantastic actors as Jessica Chastain and David Strathairn and one of Broadway’s great directors, Moisés Kaufman,” said Stevens in a press release. “I can’t wait to get started.”
Stevens’ involvement decides it, then: we need Maggie Smith as Aunt Lavinia!