Dan Stevens’s Post-Downton Project? An E-Book

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Dan Stevens’s reason for leaving Downton Abbey was that he “wanted to do other things” — usually TV-star code for “I am tired of this tiny box and would like to make a lot of money doing movies.” In Stevens’s case, however, it apparently means “I would like to narrate an e-book app,” because his first post-Downton project is just that: the audio track for History of a Pleasure Seeker, a Gilded Age novel “touted as the thinking woman’s version of Fifty Shades of Grey.” Well, if it's for thinking women, then no problem. Surely the Downton community can respect thinking e-book porn.