Julian Fellowes fans, rejoice! It’s been announced today (April 19) that Downton Abbey will return for a second movie and production is already underway.
Hardcore Downton fans will be happy to hear that the original cast will be retuning 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).
The first film featured a royal visit to Downton, which sent the stately home into a bit of a tail spin. Elsewhere, Downton’s estate manager Tom Branson (played by Allen Leech) saw his story line develop and a new romance begin.
The first film also saw Lady Violet Crawley (Maggie Smith) insinuate that she may not have long left and that Mary (Michelle Dockery) will have to take over the reins as female head of the household. It’s likely this story will be picked up in the second movie, and fans will be eager to see what will happen to the Crawley family’s indomitable matriarch.
Focus Features has announced that BAFTA- and Emmy-nominated Simon Curtis will be directing the second movie.
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 next Christmas we will be reunited with the much beloved characters of Downton Abbey.”
The film is set to be released on Dec. 22, 2021, and will have a festive feel to it.
“There’s no place like home for the holidays, and we can’t imagine a better gift than getting to reunite with Julian, Gareth, and the entire Downton family in 2021 to bring the Crawley’s back home for their fans,” said Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski.