Carnival Films and Focus Features have announced that shooting is set to take place this summer at Highclerc Castle, the 17th-century estate which served as the setting for the aristocratic Crawley family's titular home. No details yet about where the story will pick up with the Crawley family. The original cast members are coming back to reprise their roles, and Oscar-winner Julian Fellowes, who created the series, wrote the movie's screenplay. The long-rumored movie has been greenlit and is heading 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".
So go find yourself a tux or corset to squeeze into and stay tuned for the movie premiere date.
The film will be a Carnival Films production, with Brian Percival (The Book Thief) directing. Michelle Dockery, Dame Maggie Smith, and Hugh Bonneville will star, meaning that Lady Mary Crawley, Earl Robert Crawley and Countess Violet Crawley will be on the big-screen. But turns of events as the post-Edwardian clan rang in 1926 in the 2015 series finale kept things cheerful with Edith marrying - and outranking her entire family; Mary expecting her second child; Anna and Bates welcoming their first; Tom and Henry christening their fancy new vehicle dealership; Robert accepting Cora's role outside the house; Isobel and Lord Merton in wedded bliss; and more blossoming romance for the downstairs crew: Mrs Patmore & Mr Mason, Daisy & Andy, Baxter & Molesely...
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The movie's plot is still under wraps, but all of the show's main cast has supposedly signed on for the film.
"Since the series ended, fans of "Downton" have always been waiting for the Crawley family's next chapter", said Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski in a statement.
Over six seasons, Downton Abbey became a global hit, airing in at least 150 countries, and setting a record for non-U.S. television shows with 69 Emmy nominations.
The official Twitter account for the series broke the news over social media to "cordially invite" fans to see the film, which will be screened in cinemas.