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Dan Stevens and Dominic Cooper for Summer in February

Dan Stevens in Downton Abbey

Story by Jack Foley

DOWNTON Abbey‘s Dan Stevens will join Dominic Cooper and Ophelia Lovibond in new film Summer in February, which is scheduled to start shooting in January 2012.

Adapted from his own novel by Jonathan Smith, the film will be set around the Newlyn School of artists, which flourished at the beginning of the 20th Century, and focuses predominantly on the wild and bohemian Lamorna Group, which included Alfred Munnings and Laura and Harold Knight.

The incendiary anti-Modernist Munnings (played by Cooper), now regarded as one of Britain’s most sought-after artists, is at the centre of the complex love triangle, involving aspiring artist Florence Carter-Wood (Lovibond) and Gilbert Evans (Stevens), the land agent in charge of the Lamorna Valley estate.

True – and deeply moving – the story is played out against the timeless beauty of the Cornish coast, in the approaching shadow of The Great War.

The film also stars Hattie Morahan (The Bank Job) as impressionist painter (Dame) Laura Knight.

It will be directed by Christopher Menaul (Prime Suspect), with Bob Benton and Dan Stevens serving as executive producers.

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