'Downton Abbey' movie is official, full cast returning, filming starts soon!

Esequiel Farfan
Julio 13, 2018

Since we'll never tire of Maggie Smith throwing shade circa the early 20th century, the "Downton Abbey" movie is a much welcome development, even in the age of endless revivals.

"Since the series ended", Peter Kujawksi, chairman of Focus Features, who will distribute the film with Universal Pictures, "fans of Downton have always been waiting for the Crawley family's next chapter". The series, which dealt with the dueling worlds of the aristocratic Crawley family in their lavish British estate and their humble downstairs employees, became a worldwide sensation, and launched the careers of Legion's Dan Stevens and Cinderella's Lily James.

Gareth Neame, Carnival's Executive Chairman and the film's producer said, "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". Brian Percival (The Book Thief, About a Girl), who directed the series' pilot, will direct the film.

Television's most beloved period drama will be returning to the big screen, with Deadline confirming a "Downton Abbey" movie has been given the green light.

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The series, which had an ensemble cast led by Hugh Bonneville and Dame Maggie Smith, followed the many ups and downs of the Crawley family and their servants.

Her words were posted alongside a photo of her and Laura Carmichael, who plays Lady Edith Crawley.

Adds Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski, "Since the series ended, fans of Downton have always been waiting for the Crawley family's next chapter". "Delighted to announce we're getting the band back together!" she tweeted, while Michelle Dockery also shared her joy online, saying that she was "thrilled to announce that #DowntonAbbey is coming to the big screen". While I adored the series for a couple seasons, I admittedly never finished it (yes I just spoiled myself on the finale to get you fellow readers up to speed), but why did no one tell me Matthew Goode was on the show? The movie will begin production later this summer.

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