In the new age of media crosspollination, there is no such thing as an end. Indeed, Downton Abbey Season 5’s Christmas special was supposed to conclude Downton Abbey with a fresh round of marriages, births, and even a teary-eyed semi-retirement. However, there is more time left to spend with these post-Edwardian and now post-World War I gentry and their help.
Hence the announcement that the Downton Abbey movie is officially a go, complete with the remaining main cast, writing, and directing team.
Downton Abbey Movie Trailer
The Downton Abbey movie trailer is here, and it gives us the best look yet at how the continuing story will play out. It seems the King and Queen are coming to visit Downton; Mary enlists Mr. Carson’s help to prepare. Meanwhile, the Crawleys are considering leaving Downton forever. Check it out…
We also got this slight Downton Abbey movie teaser trailer, which doesn’t offer much in the terms of plot, but sure is stylish…
Downton Abbey Movie Release Date
Focus Features has given the Downton Abbey movie an official release date. The continuation of the popular British TV series will premire on Friday, September 20, 2019 in North American. It will be released internationally slightly earlier on Friday, September 13, 2019.
“Since the series ended, fans of Downton have long been waiting for the Crawley family’s next chapter,” Focus chairman Peter Kujawski said of the Downton movie when the announcement was made earlier today. “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 next September.”
Downton Abbey Movie Cast
Downton Abbey movie will be produced by Carnival Films and distributed globally by Focus Features and Universal Pictures International. Further Julian Fellowes, the creator and showrunner of Downton Abbey, has already finished the screenplay. Additionally, Brian Percival, who directed the pilot for the television series, is returning to direct the movie. And since this means more time with Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley, Maggie Smith as Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess, and Hugh Bonneville as Robert Crawley, the Earl of Grantham, fans should be most pleased.
The teaser trailer offered a revelatory guest list, naming: Lord Grantham, Lady Mary Talbot, the Dowager Lady Grantham, Tom Branson, Mr. Barrow, Mr. Bates, Mrs. Patmore, Daisy Mason, Lady Grantham, Lady Hexham, Lady Merton, Mr. Carson, Mrs. Hughes, Mrs. Bates, Mr. Molesley and Miss Baxter.
New cast members in the film include Geraldine James, Imelda Staunton, Simon Jones, David Haig, Tuppence Middleton, Kate Phillips and Stephen Campbell Moore.
Gareth Neame, executive chairman of Carnival Films, said in a press release, “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.”
Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski shares Neame’s excitement for the film, adding, “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.”
Downton Abbey was of course a cultural phenomenon for those who look back wistfully at turn of the century English nobility before the First World War and “modernity” made their lifestyles somewhat less romantic. Go figure. The series ran for five seasons on the UK’s ITV and the U.S.’s PBS as part of Masterpiece Theatre.
During that time, it won 15 Emmys, three Golden Globes, and a cornucopia of other awards, as well as launched into stardom the careers of Dockery, Dan Stevens, Lily James, and Rose Leslie, among others.