Channel your inner Dowager Countess and remain calm, Downton Abbey fans. The beloved TV series, which ended in 2015, is being made into a movie! And the best part? The original cast is returning for the big-screen treatment!
Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, and Hugh Bonneville have all signed on.
Focus Features is teaming up with Carnival Films to create the long-awaited film, which has been written by the series’ creator, Julian Fellowes, Deadline reported. The director of the show’s pilot, Brian Percival, will direct.
Downton Abbey focused on the well-to-do Crawley family and their servants in the English countryside as they faced a changing world following World War I. Filled with plenty of humor and heartbreak, the PBS show quickly became a must-watch.
“Since the series ended, fans of Downton have long been waiting for the Crawley family’s next chapter,” Focus chairman Peter Kujawski said in a statement. “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.”
Michelle, who played Mary Crawley on the show, confirmed the news in an Instagram pic featuring her costar Laura Carmichael, who played her on-screen sister Edith. “The secret’s out... Thrilled to announce that #DowntonAbbey is coming to the big screen. Filming to commence this summer,” Michelle captioned the pic.
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