Downton Abbey, The Movie – It’s ON
Three years after the big series finale, a Downton Abbey movie is set to begin production in a few weeks. The popular TV series followed the fictional Crawleys and the servants who worked at the aristocratic family’s English country estate at the turn of the 20th century.
Show creator Julian Fellowes wrote the screenplay for the upcoming film.
“Julian’s script charms, thrills, and entertains and in Brian Percival’s hands we aim to deliver everything that one would hope for as Downton comes to the big screen.” -Producer Gareth Neame
Nearly all of the original cast will be returning for the film, including 83-year-old Maggie Smith as the sharp-tongued Dowager Countess of Grantham, which is a bit of a surprise to fans since Smith previously said a movie could be “squeezing it dry.”
One major cast member not returning, however, is Lily James, who explained that “there was no space for Rose” given that it would be farfetched to have her character return since she moved to New York at the end of the series. James currently stars in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.
While no release date has yet been confirmed for the movie, don’t expect to see it until next year at the earliest.
Joanne Froggatt broke the news of the Downton Abbey movie online.
As a refresher, when the series concluded it was the year 1925, with formerly unlucky-at-love Edith marrying Bertie, Lady Mary revealing that she was pregnant with her second child, Anna and Bates having a baby, Henry and Tom going into business together as car salesmen and Carson resigning as butler due to declining health.
With 15 Emmy nominations, the TV series is the most nominated non-U.S. show in the history of the Emmys.
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