Already boasting a rather impressive ensemble cast, the producers of Downton Abbey have added yet another esteemed thespian to their ranks with news today that Paul Giamatti is joining the cast of the hit show. After the shock and saddening exit of Dan Stevens at the end of last season, it seemed that the producers of the show really needed something to boost fans’ spirits and this announcement today should be just the thing.
Spoilers ahead for fans so look away now, but apparently it seems that Paul Giamatti’s role may be more of a cameo than a regular spot. The Playlist reports that Giamatti, who has an Emmy and a Golden Globe to his name, will be playing Harold Levinson, the brother of Cora (Elizabeth McGovern) and uncle to Edith (Laura Carmichael) and Mary (Michelle Dockery) and will only appear in the final episode of season four. Does this mean that his role will expand to have a more regular spot in season five? Or is this just a one off? Hopefully it means a more regular spot but we’ll have to wait and see.
His character is described as something of a “maverick and a playboy” and according to executive producer Gareth Neame, his scenes with Shirley MacLaine will “upset the Grantham’s apple cart.” Make of that what you will Downton Abbey fans.
Having someone like Paul Giamatti joining the cast, even if it’s only for one episode, is a masterstroke on the part of the show’s producers. Boasting an already impressive cast, Paul Giamatti only adds to that stunning roster of thespians. Hopefully it does mean a more regular role for season five as Paul Giamatti is one of the finest actors of his generation. He is one of those actors who I will literally watch in anything.
Paul Giamatti joins other Downton Abbey season four newcomers including Dame Harriet Walters, Nigel Harman, and Tom Cullen. Let us know what you think of this casting news in the comments below.
Source: The Playlist