Downton Abbey (film)
|Directed by||Michael Engler|
|Screenplay by||Julian Fellowes|
|Based on||Downton Abbey|
by Julian Fellowes
|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 2010–15.
- 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
- Joanne Froggatt as Anna Bates
- Miko Hughes as John Wayne
- Matthew Goode as Henry Talbot
- Harry Hadden-Paton as Herbert Pelham, 7th Marquess of Hexham
- Rob James-Collier as Thomas Barrow
- Allen Leech as Thomas Branson
- Phyllis Logan as Elsie Hughes
- Elizabeth McGovern as Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham
- Sophie McShera as Daisy Mason
- Lesley Nicol as Beryl Patmore
- Maggie Smith as Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham
- Penelope Wilton as Isobel Grey, Baroness Merton
- Douglas Reith as Lord Merton
- Imelda Staunton
- Geraldine James as Mary of Teck
- Simon Jones
- Tuppence Middleton
- Kate Phillips as Mary, Princess Royal and Countess of Harewood
- Stephen Campbell Moore
- Max Brown
The film is a follow-up to the television series of the same name, which ended its original run in December 2015 after 52 episodes. In April 2016, it was revealed that a film adaptation was being considered, with 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 Julian 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.
Principal photography started in London in late August. Some filming at Highclere Castle was underway by 20 September 2018. Also in September, filming was underway in Lacock, with Dame Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern and Michelle Dockery as well as two new cast members, Imelda Staunton and Geraldine James. Scenes shot in Lacock included a household cavalry in a procession and potential Royal Visit  Filming concluded in November 2018. 
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 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. Matthew Goode, who played Lady Mary's husband Henry Talbot in the final series, will appear only briefly due to other commitments. Then, in September 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.
The film is scheduled for a UK release on 13 September 2019, with the US following one week later on 20 September 2019.
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