The first photo which was released from the film drops hints that the movie will pick up from where the series left off in terms of relationships, romance, and a volley of other things.
Fans are super happy to know that Downton Abbey is finally appearing on the big screen! It is a big deal for everyone because of the rumors that surrounded around the movie's arrival. Finally, fans are now relieved to know that 'Downton Abbey' will transpire into reality. According to Focus chairman Peter Kujawski, in a statement in early July 2018, he said, "Since the series ended, fans of Downton have long been waiting for the Crawley family’s next chapter. We’re thrilled to join this incredible group of filmmakers, actors and craftspeople, led by Julian Fellowes and Gareth Neame, in bringing back the world of Downton to the big screen." Let's find out everything we know about the upcoming movie.
The news was made official by Downton Twitter account, that said, “We’re thrilled to announce that Downton Abbey is coming to the big screen. Film production begins this summer.” The most awaited movie will release on September 13, 2019, in the UK. Whereas, fans in America will have to wait for a week to see it, as the movie will release on September, 20.
Fans will get to see some of the favorites from the ITV series who are set to return the Downton Abbey film. The cast includes Dame Maggie Smith, who will be playing the role of Dowager Countess, along with Michelle Dockery, who will be playing the role of Lady Mary. The film is also casting Hugh Bonneville who is going to be the Earl of Downton, and Joanne Froggatt who will play the role of Anna Bates. The film is going to embrace the return of Laura Carmichael, who will be playing the role of Lady Edith, along with Lesley Nicol as Mrs. Patmore, Allen Leech as Tom Branson, and Elizabeth McGovern as Lady Cora.
Other cast members who are going to reprise their roles are Rob James-Collier, who will play the role of Thomas Barrow, Phyllis Logan will be playing the role of Mrs. Hughes, Brendan Coyle who will be playing the role of Mr. Bates, then we have Matthew Goode, who is playing the role of Henry Talbot, along with Sophie McShera, who will be playing the role of Daisy Mason, along with Penelope Wilton who will be playing the role of Lady Isobel and Jim Carter will be playing the role of Mr. Carson. The cast also has another addition, Carter's real-life wife, Imelda Staunton, who will play the role of Lady Bagshaw. The actor shared with RadioTimes.com that the pair has shot some scenes together around Downton's famous dining table but not much more. “We didn’t have any dialogue together or anything like that, but it was nice to get in the car and go to work together. She enjoyed it enormously,” he added.
There are newcomers as well who are going to join the cast, like, Killing Eve’s David Haig, who will play the role of the royal butler, Geraldine James, who will play the role of Queen Mary. We will also see Kate Phillips, who will be essaying the role of Mary, Princess Royal, Stephen Campbell-Moore whose role is not disclosed to the audience and Tuppence Middleton, who is going to play the role of Lucy Smith. Tuppence revealed that her character is going to share a romatic connection with someone of the Downton favorites, who is expected to be widower Branson. “There’s this whole new group of people that come in, and the Downton regulars have to manage all these new personalities. And she also possibly has a little love story with someone,” she teased to Harpers Bazaar.
On the other hand, we will not see Lily James as Lady Rose making her comeback in the movie, as she told PEOPLE, “My character Rose moved off to New York, so it would be far-fetched to bring her back. I would have loved to have come back for a scene, but for a movie, it can’t be like a Christmas special and it needs to be a focused storyline. There was simply no space for Rose.” Another actor who won't be coming back for the movie is Ed Speelers who told Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford on This Morning, “I haven’t had the call about that… but Downton was a big part of my life. I met the mother of my children there [wardrobe director Asia Macey], and that place was sort of like a drama school for me in some respects. My career started there and it was a real melting pot with great actors like Hugh Bonneville and Maggie Smith, it was a great place for me to learn. That was a huge part of my life.”
Looking at the first photo, which was released from the film confirms the fact that the movie will pick up where the series left off in terms of relationships, romance, and other things. We might see Mary still being happily married to Henry and is taking a bigger role and responsibilities running Downton.“What you see is her for once being settled,” Dockery told EW of Mary’s romance. “They’re very supportive of one another, and they’re good friends. It’s nice to see Mary in that way as opposed to being in constant turmoil about her love life.” The movie will also show Lady Edith trying her best to adjust in her new life as the Marquess of Hexham, along with husband Bertie Pelam, who plays the role of Harry Hadden-Paton.
The plot will also include one of the only single members of the Crawley family, who may have a romantic plot in store. “Given the fact that he is one of the only ones left who hasn’t found love, one would hope and assume there is an opportunity for him to have an iota of a chance at finding something, Leech teased to EW. Regarding the Dowager Countess, Engler said, “She feels very much the same in this. She represents the oldest of the old guard.”
Well, yes, of course, we do have a trailer to enjoy and get excited for the most awaited movie of this year!