'Downton Abbey' movie is official, full cast returning, filming starts soon!

Angelo Anderson
July 13, 2018

It's time to once again return to 'Downton Abbey.' The celebrated drama is getting a movie, so pour a cup of tea and find out which of your favorites are set to return.

The original principal cast is set to return for the upcoming feature-length production, Focus Features said on Friday. Series creator Julian Fellowes wrote the screenplay and will produce. Brian Percival (The Book Thief, About a Girl), who directed the series' pilot way back in 2010, is on board to direct the feature film. Fellowes will produce alongside Gareth Neame and Liz Trubridge.

Carnival has received a host of national and global awards over its 40-year history including Primetime Emmys, Golden Globes and BAFTAs, and has been recognized as the UK's best production company at both the Bulldog Awards and Broadcast Awards. Over the course of its six seasons, the show earned 3 Golden Globe Awards, 15 Primetime Emmy Awards, a Special BAFTA award, and 69 Emmy nominations in total, making Downton Abbey the most nominated non-US television show in the history of the Emmys. No details yet about where the story will pick up with the Crawley family. The drama had its fair share of sad season conclusions from the outbreak of World War I to Matthew's death by vehicle crash. The ITV/PBS Masterpiece series ended with Anna and Mr. Bates having a baby, Dockery's Mary expecting her second child, Edith marrying, and so much more. Also notable and emotional was the resolution of Thomas' arc from footman-you-love-to-hate, to tortured soul, and finally a place of honor on the Grantham estate - which even a somewhat humbled Carson couldn't argue. No word on a release date, but considering the film hasn't been filmed, that makes sense.

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".

Focus chairman Peter Kujawski added: "Since the series ended, fans of "Downton" have always been waiting for the Crawley family's next chapter". "Delighted to announce we're getting the band back together!" she tweeted, while Michelle Dockery also shared her joy online, saying that she was "thrilled to announce that #DowntonAbbey is coming to the big screen".

A feature film based off the long-running PBS series is officially happening with production expected to begin in September.

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