'Downton Abbey' movie: Release date, cast, plot and everything you need to know about the Crawley family's next chapter

The original cast will be returning for the new film, which is set in 1927 and features a visit from the royal family to the Crawley castle


                            'Downton Abbey' movie: Release date, cast, plot and everything you need to know about the Crawley family's next chapter

'Downton Abbey' fans rejoice! The trailer for the upcoming spin-off movie, which will be a continuation to the 20th-Century British period drama, shows the Crawley family preparing themselves for a royal visit. The trailer was released on the film's official Twitter account and reveals that the new film is set in 1927, a few years after the end of the iconic TV series.

Plans for the long-anticipated movie spin-off of the hit show were announced in July 2018, and the original main cast was confirmed to return, while production was set for September that year. Here is all you need to know about the upcoming film:

 

Release date

The latest chapter from the Crawley family is slated to hit theatres in the UK on September 13 and in the US on September 20. 

Cast

Maggie Smith (Getty Images)

The original main cast will be returning for the new film, with Elizabeth McGovern, Hugh Bonneville, Academy-Award winner Maggie Smith, Allen Leech, Laura Carmichael, Michelle Dockery, Joanne Froggatt, Matthew Goode, Michael Fox and more all seen reuniting in the new trailer. Max Brown, David Haig, Imelda Staunton, Geraldine James, Simon Jones, Tuppence Middleton, Kate Phillips, and Stephen Campbell Moore will be joining the cast.  Bonneville had unveiled a look at the cast, including Staunton and Middleton, on Monday, May 20, in a tweet to highlight the upcoming trailer release.

'Downton Abbey' series producer Carnival Films is teaming up once again with creator Julian Fellowes in the new film. Julian Fellowes wrote the screenplay and produces alongside Gareth Neame and Liz Trubridge. Michael Engler, who handled four episodes of the hit series, including the two-hour 2015 Christmas special that was the series' finale, returns to direct.

'Downton Abbey' poster (Twitter)

Plot

Set in 1927, the return of the Crawleys features a lunch visit of George V and his wife, Queen Mary. Amidst the buzz of activity that ensues in the Crawley castle, royal butler David Haig can be seen locking horns with the staff and veteran help Mr. Carson as well. It also shows Lady Mary, in her new bob look, asking longtime butler Charles Carson (Jim Carter) to return to the family estate. Imelda Staunton, Carter's wife, playing Lady Bagshaw, can be seen defending the honor of her maid, played by Tuppence Middleton, of whom Maggie Smith's dowager countess disapproves. 

The official poster for the film debuted on the official 'Downton Abbey' Twitter account on Monday, May 20 with the tagline: "We’ve been expecting you."

Over its six seasons, the series garnered three Golden Globe Awards, 15 Primetime Emmy Awards and 69 Emmy nominations in total, making 'Downton Abbey' the most nominated non-US television show in the history of the Emmys — even earning a Special BAFTA award and a Guinness World Record for the highest critically rated TV show along the way. 

Trailer



 

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