It’s been months of speculation, but it’s finally official: the Downton Abbey movie is happening!
The show’s official Twitter account also announced the good news, writing: “Welcome back to Downton! We’re thrilled to announce that #DowntonAbbey is coming to the big screen. Film production begins this summer.”
Even more good news – the original cast will be back!
Deadline reports that the original principal cast, including Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, Hugh Bonneville and more, will be reprising their roles in the historical drama.
Focus Features has set with Carnival Films to start production on the Downton Abbey film later this summer. Show creator Julian Fellowes penned the film’s script. He will also be producing the movie alongside Gareth Neame and Liz Trubridge. Brian Percival, who directed the series’ pilot, will be helming the project. And Nigel Marchant will also return to executive produce.
“When the television series drew to a close it was our dream to bring the millions of global fans a movie,” Gareth Neame said. “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 chairman Peter Kujawski adds, “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.”
Get ready to take a trip back in time and revisit the Crawleys at Highclere Castle!