Whilst Dan Stevens' future on Downton Abbey is uncertain, it has been reported that if the actor does decide to leave the character of Matthew Crawley behind, he will not be recast.
Speaking to the Telegraph about the possibility of another actor taking over the role of Matthew Crawley, writer Julian Fellowes said:
"I don’t think it’s ever going to be right to recast a different actor for the same character in Downton.
"You can do it with something like Sherlock Holmes and Watson, as they are very established and iconic, and many people have played them, so you have a kind of freedom. But, in a series like Downton, it wouldn’t be right."
'It Wouldn't Be Right': Downton Abbey's Writer Rules Out Recasting Dan Stevens
Dan's character will not be recast (WENN)
He added: “You want viewers to think that it is kind of real, and changing actor would be like saying, 'Hey, guys, it is not real at all’, and lose the show some of its authenticity.”
Believing that there's always scope to create new characters and plot lines, the covered writer continued:
"Actors leave – and of course I can’t control that – but new characters and plotlines will weather such changes best.”
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