It has been confirmed (once again) that Downton Abbey the movie will be coming to a screen near you in 2019. The news which initially broke in 2017 hasn’t differed very much. After almost 3 years later and we are no closer to finding an alternative to the British mini-series. By the look of things the teams on and off the screens will remain pretty much the same. The initial writer and producer Julian Fellowes is back again, in collaboration with Gareth Neame, Liz Trubridge and Nigel Marchant in the roles of exec producers.
Now what you really want to know… who’s in and who’s not from the cast? Most of the primary stars of the show are returning all for the exception of Lily James who plays the role of Lady Rose MacClare, the mischievous cousin to the Crawley girls. In a statement the actress said,
I would have loved to have come back for a scene, but for a movie it can’t be like a Christmas special and it needs to be a focused storyline… There was no space for Rose…But I’m so excited for it — I’m going to be front row.
Dame Maggie Smith who plays the role of Matriarch Crawley had initially showed her lack of enthusiasm for any sort of sequel but has been clearly convinced otherwise. Speaking to Radio Times she had originally said, ‘I just think it’s squeezing it dry, do you know what I mean? I don’t know what it could possibly be. It was so meandering, what would you… ?
Anyway that’s not my problem. That’s the Lord’s [Julian Fellowes, the show’s creator] problem.”
The ITV blockbuster debuted in 2010 and become wildly popular internationally, capturing the hearts and imagination and viewers on both sides of the pond. Six seasons later, the series finally called it a day in 2015, or so we thought! Stay tuned.