Orig­i­nal cast to re­unite for big screen ver­sion of hit se­ries Down­ton Abbey

The Scotsman - - News Digest - By AN­GUS HOWARTH

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

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