April 12, 2013 at 8:59 AM ET
"Downton Abbey" fans may already be missing Dan Stevens, who played Matthew Crawley on the popular PBS series until the end of last season. And they may have been further traumatized when recently the actor was revealed to have dropped some pounds and let his hair go from wavy blond to dark and cropped.
Which means that the trailer for the upcoming movie "Summer in February" should come as a great relief. No, Stevens is not reprising his role as Matthew Crawley, but based on the trailer he looks exactly like that character -- blond, fit and in period wear -- and is in the midst of a tormented love triangle in pre-WWI England.
Based on the book by Jonathan Smith, "Summer in February" takes place initially at a Cornwall artists' colony, and focuses on the real-life love lives of artist Alfred Munnings (played in the film by Dominic Cooper), his friend Gilbert Evans and the woman they both were enamored with, Florence Carter-Young (played by Emily Browning).
So brace yourselves, "Downton" fans: "Summer in February" has a UK release date of June 14; a US premiere date has not been announced yet.