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Dowager Countess Grantham Steals The Show In The New Downton Abbey Trailer

“I will leave you to discuss my mysterious past.”

 Dowager Countess of Grantham
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The announcement of a second Downton Abbey movie – titled Downton Abbey: A New Era – back in April 2021 came as welcome news to fans of the hit period drama. Details of the hotly anticipated sequel are gaining speed, especially as its many stars begin to promote it. But when is it out and what can we expect? Here’s everything we know thus far.

Downton Abbey: A New Era Release Date

Per Vanity Fair, the film was originally set to be released on Dec. 22, 2021. However, the release has since been delayed and will now hit cinemas on Friday, March 18, 2022.

Downton Abbey: A New Era Plot

Although plot details are still largely kept tightly under wraps – except for one or two plots the trailer teases – Downton Abbey: A New Era is expected to continue on from the events of the first film. Early reports from Radio Times suggested that fans could expect a wedding to take place in the film. Rumours were confirmed when a 15-second teaser trailer confirmed not only a wedding a scene, but identified the bride and groom as Tom Branson and Lucy, played by Tuppence Middleton, who was first introduced as a maid for Lady Bagshaw (Imelda Staunton).

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In the first film Lady Violet Crawley (Maggie Smith) insinuated that she may not have long left and that Mary (Michelle Dockery) will have to take over the reins as the female head of the household. The new trailer shows that, in fact, the Dowager Duchess still has a few tricks up her sleeve. Having “come into the possession of a villa, in the south of France,” the Downton set journey to walker climes for what looks like a Gatsby-style getaway.

Fans will be eager to see what will happen to the Crawley family’s indomitable matriarch. Speaking to People magazine, Downton creator Julian Fellowes promises it will be an "unashamedly feel-good movie."

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Downton Abbey: A New Era Cast

Hardcore Downton fans will be happy to hear that the original cast, which includes the likes of Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, and Elizabeth McGovern, among other faves returning for more high-brow drama. They’ll be joined by Dominic West (The Wire, The Affair), Laura Haddock (The Capture, White Lines), Hugh Dancy (Ella Enchanted, Homeland) and Nathalie Baye (Criminal, Spin).

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Focus Features previously announced that the BAFTA- and Emmy-nominated Simon Curtis has returned to direct the second movie, too.

Speaking about the project, Gareth Neame, the film’s producer and executive chairman of Carnival Films said: “After a very challenging year with so many of us separated from family and friends, it is a huge comfort to think that better times are ahead and that we will be reunited with the much-beloved characters of Downton Abbey.”

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Downton Abbey: A New Era Trailer

The first trailer, released exclusively in cinema theatres on Nov. 13, was finally shared widely on Nov. 15. And it is bloody brilliant.

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