If you’re looking to reinvent your career, it’s hard to imagine doing it better than Dan Stevens. Just a few years ago, the actor was known exclusively as the slightly doughy romantic lead in surprise TV smash “Downton Abbey,” but after his character was killed off, he remerged as a lean, mean action star in Sundance hit “The Guest.”
Since then, there have been some ups and some downs (“The Cobbler” being among the latter), but he’s had an absolutely killer 2017: starring, mostly in mo-cap form, in Disney megasmash “Beauty And The Beast,” headlining a critically acclaimed TV show in “Legion,” and delivering a pair of supporting turns in indie hits “Colossal” and “Norman” too. And now, a trailer has arrived for a movie that we weren’t even aware existed.
“Kill Switch” (formerly titled “Redivider”) stars Stevens as a pilot in the future who has to battle to save humanity after an experiment involving parallel universes goes wrong. “Skyfall” Bond girl Bérénice Marlohe and Charity Wakefield co-star in a film directed by Dutch shorts helmer Tim Smit, and the teaser suggests some impressive VFX work for a movie that presumably didn’t cost the earth. That said, it all looks a bit video-game-y, and we’re not sure that this’ll quite continue Stevens’ run of 2017 triumphs, but maybe there’s a summer sleeper lurking in here? We’ll find out when Saban Films release it in theaters on June 16th.