Get ready for a new chapter of “Downton Abbey”!
After the success of the Masterpiece PBS and ITV series and the 2019 film “Downton Abbey”, the franchise is ramping up for “Downton Abbey: A New Era”.
The trailer just dropped and Lady Crawley says while exclaiming, “The modern world is coming to Downton.”
The clip shows Downton getting a bit meta in this sequel, with a film set in the beloved realm. One of the main storylines will have Michelle Dockery’s Mary helping produce a film, although Hugh Bonneville’s Lord Grantham is unimpressed, remarking how “makeup actresses and just plastered actors” will take over his house.
Of course, the younger family members and staff are giddy with excitement as the movie stars played by Dominic West from “The Affair” and Laura Haddock from “Guardians of the Galaxy” arrive.
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That’s not the only excitement the new movie brings! It also delves into the “mysterious past” of Maggie Smith’s Dowager Countess after she inherits a villa on the French Riviera. The trailer explains that the villa comes from a man she had a relationship with before her son, Lord Grantham, was born.
Lord Grantham doesn’t seem thrilled at this sudden revelation of his mother’s life before him, but he’s not the only one surprised. In the trailer, Isobel Crawley, played by Penelope Winston, questions the mystery, saying, “They spent a few days together and he gives her a house…” But of course, to unravel the mystery, the Crawleys have to travel to the French Riviera and to the villa in question.
To this, Mr. Carson of Jim Carter announces: “The British are coming. However, it looks like not all of the members are leaving the estate, as Mary seems to be sticking around to help out with the aforementioned movie.
It also seems that Mary is stepping into the role of a modern woman, and her grandmother, the Dowager Countess, gives her the following advice: “Women like us fall into two categories: dragons and fools. You have to make sure they see you as a dragon.
The sequel to the film is again written by “Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellowes, and Simon Curtis takes on the role of director.
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Other returning cast members will also see Laura Carmichael, Brendan Coyle, Kevin Doyle, Joanne Froggatt, Harry Hadden-Paton, Robert James-Collier, Allen Leech, Phyllis Logan, Sophie McShera, Tuppence Middleton, Lesley Nicol and Imelda Staunton reprising their roles.
On the side of the newcomers, alongside West and Haddock, fans will find Hugh Dancy, Nathalie Baye and Jonathan Zaccaï.
Of course, this marks the return of the incredible period dresses and sets that fans have become accustomed to with the series.
The film was originally scheduled to hit theaters in December 2021 before being pushed back to March 2022, but was pushed back due to the ongoing pandemic.
It finally has a release date and will hit theaters on May 20, 2022.