The Crawley family and their army of servants are coming back to the big screen.
“Downton Abbey” premiered on PBS in 2011 and stayed on the air for five acclaimed seasons, followed by a hit feature film in 2019— and a much-hyped new sequel that is now very much on the way.
“Downton Abbey: A New Era” won’t be released in theaters next year — but the official Twitter account of the period drama is generating a fan frenzy by announcing the new title on Wednesday.
“A new era begins. The entire Downton cast is back for #DowntonAbbey: A New Era, with Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock, Nathalie Baye and Dominic West joining. See the film only in theaters March 18, 2022,” the post said. The flick’s original — albeit delayed by COVID-19 — release date was Dec. 22.
The first movie followed the Crawley family hosting Queen Mary and King George V at their humble yet lavish English estate in 1927. The sequel will show the clan on a new adventure as they adapt to the changing decade.
A first trailer was screened for fans at Cinema Con on Wednesday, and hinted at several changes coming the fam’s way. The footage teased a wedding and an overseas trip.
Meanwhile, there were only a few lines of dialogue in the sneak peek footage, with the most glaring one uttered by Jim Carter’s Mr Carson: “The British are coming,” he said. Sounds ominous.
The official trailer has yet to be dropped for fans to set their eyes on and get excited about. However, many of the original cast from the first film and the TV series are returning, including Hugh Bonneville, Jim Carter, Michelle Dockery, Matthew Goode, Elizabeth McGovern, Maggie Smith, Imelda Staunton and Penelope Wilton.
Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock, Nathalie Baye and Dominic West are joining the old-timers and they’re sure to create some more drama within the tight-knit family.
Oscar- and Emmy-winning creator and screenwriter Julian Fellows is back again to scribe the screenplay. Director Simon Curtis is also returning for the sequel. Both were at the helm of the first movie, while Fellows created and wrote the parent series.
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