Original cast to reunite for big screen version of hit series Downton Abbey
It’s official – Downton Abbey: The Movie is in the works with the original star cast of the TV series reuniting for the film.
Producers said that the original principal cast from the period drama will return for the movie set to being production later this summer.
Downton’s creator, Julian Fellowes, wrote the new screenplay and will co-pro- duce the hotly anticipated film. The announcement follows fevered speculation about when the ITV drama, starring Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Dame Maggie Smith, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter and others, would make it to the big screen.
Dockery, who played Lady Mary Crawley, wrote on Instagram: “The secret’s out. Thrilled to announce that Downton Abbey is coming to the big screen.”
Joanne Froggatt, who played Anna Bates, tweeted a snap of herself alongside Dockery and Dame Maggie Smith, who played Lady Crawley, writing: “Delighted to announce we’re getting the band back together!”
Brian Percival, whose credits include The Book Thief and About A Girl and who directed the series’ pilot, will direct the film.
The film’s producer, Gareth Neame, said in a statement: “When the television series drew to a close it was our dream to bring the millions of global fans a movie and now, after getting many stars aligned, we are shortly to go 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.”
Peter Kujawski, chairman of production company Focus Features, said: “Since the series ended, fans of Downton have long been waiting for the Crawley family’s next chapter.”
Hit TV series Downton Abbey followed the lives of the Crawley family and the servants who worked for them at the turn of the 20th Century in an Edwardian English country home.
Over six series, it became the most nominated non-us television show in the history of the Emmys.
Michelle Dockery, who played Lady Mary, will return