Downton Abbey (film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Michael Engler|
|Screenplay by||Julian Fellowes|
|Based on||Downton Abbey|
by Julian Fellowes
|Music by||John Lunn|
|Edited by||Mark Day|
|Distributed by||Focus Features|
Downton Abbey is an upcoming British historical period drama film written by Julian Fellowes and directed by Michael Engler. It is a continuation of the television series of the same name, created by Fellowes, that ran on ITV from 2010 to 2015. Much of the original cast returns, including Hugh Bonneville, Jim Carter, Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Maggie Smith, Imelda Staunton and Penelope Wilton.
- Oliver & Zac Barker as Master George Matthew Crawley (age 6-8)
- Hugh Bonneville as Robert Crawley, 7th Earl of Grantham
- Laura Carmichael as Edith Pelham, Marchioness of Hexham
- Jim Carter as Charles Carson
- Raquel Cassidy as Phyllis Baxter
- Brendan Coyle as John Bates
- Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Talbot
- Kevin Doyle as Joseph Molesley
- Michael C. Fox as Andrew "Andy" Parker
- Joanne Froggatt as Anna Bates
- Matthew Goode as Henry Talbot
- Harry Hadden-Paton as Herbert Pelham, 7th Marquess of Hexham
- Fifi Hart as Miss Sybil "Sybbie" Branson (age 7-9)
- Rob James-Collier as Thomas Barrow
- Allen Leech as Tom Branson
- Phyllis Logan as Elsie Carson
- Elizabeth McGovern as Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham
- Sophie McShera as Daisy Mason
- Lesley Nicol as Beryl Patmore
- Douglas Reith as Richard Grey, Baron Merton
- Eva & Karina Samms as Miss Marigold Crawley (age 4-6)
- Maggie Smith as Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham
- Penelope Wilton as Isobel Grey, Baroness Merton
New cast members
- Max Brown
- David Haig as The Royal Butler
- Geraldine James as Queen Mary
- Simon Jones as King George V
- Tuppence Middleton as Lucy Smith
- Stephen Campbell Moore as Captain Chetwode
- Kate Phillips as Princess Mary
- Imelda Staunton as Lady Maud Bagshaw
- Philippe Spall as The Royal Chef
The film, set in autumn 1927, is a follow-up to the television series of the same name, which ended its original run in December 2015, after 52 episodes, with its final episode set at New Year's Eve, 1925. In April 2016, it was revealed that a film adaptation was being considered, with Julian Fellowes working on an outline plot. A script was distributed to original cast members early in 2017.
On 13 July 2018, the producers confirmed that a feature-length film would be made, with production commencing mid-2018. The script was written by Fellowes, with direction expected to be by Brian Percival; producers include Fellowes, Gareth Neame and Liz Trubridge. The film will be distributed by Focus Features and Universal Pictures International.
Original cast members including Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Michelle Dockery, Laura Carmichael and Maggie Smith, were confirmed to return as their characters from the series, with Joanne Froggatt confirming her involvement in a separate announcement. Actress Lily James, who played Lady Rose MacClare, stated she would not be reprising her role for the film, as did Ed Speleers who played footman James Kent.
An August 2018 announcement indicated that newcomers Imelda Staunton, Geraldine James, Tuppence Middleton, Simon Jones, David Haig, Kate Phillips, and Stephen Campbell Moore would be among the cast of the film. Though not shown in the trailer, the producers told the news media that Simon Jones and Geraldine James play the King and Queen, respectively, while David Haig appears as the King's butler.
In September 2018, it was confirmed that Matthew Goode, who played Lady Mary's husband Henry Talbot in the final series, appears only briefly due to other commitments, while Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Kevin Doyle, Harry Hadden-Paton, Rob James-Collier, Allen Leech, Phyllis Logan, Sophie McShera, Lesley Nicol and Penelope Wilton were confirmed to be reprising their respective roles, with Max Brown joining in a new, undisclosed role.
Principal photography started in London in late August 2018. By 20 September, some filming was under way at Highclere Castle, Hampshire, which had been the main location for the television series. Also in September, filming was under way in Lacock, Wiltshire, with Dame Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern and Michelle Dockery as well as two new cast members, Imelda Staunton (wife of Jim Carter) and Geraldine James; scenes shot in Lacock included a celebration with horses from the Royal Artillery. Filming concluded in November 2018.
The film is scheduled for a UK release on 13 September 2019, with the US following one week later on 20 September 2019.
In August 2019, several weeks before its release, Fandango announced the film's first day advanced ticket sales in the U.S. were pacing ahead of other adult dramas, including Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
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