There has been a "Downton Abbey" movie in the works since the series finished airing in the U.S. in early 2016. Creator Julian Fellowes was just working on the script, with producers trying to find a way to get the busy and sought-after cast together.
Well, it's happening. According to Deadline, production begins this summer with the original principal cast -- including the irreplaceable Maggie Smith. Not every recurring character will return, Deadline warned, but Highclere Castle will return as the Crawley family headquarters.
The show itself has invited you to attend the eventual screening:
Brian Percival directed the series’ pilot and he will also direct the film.
Here's a statement from Gareth Neame, Carnival’s Executive Chairman and the film’s producer:
"When the television series drew to a close it was our dream to bring the millions of global fans a movie and now, after getting many stars aligned, we are shortly to go into production. 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."
Fans are thrilled, of course:
Cast members are excited too:
So go find yourself a tux or corset to squeeze into and stay tuned for the movie premiere date.
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