Downton Abbey (film)

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Downton Abbey
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMichael Engler
Produced by
Screenplay byJulian Fellowes
Based onDownton Abbey
by Julian Fellowes
Music byJohn Lunn
CinematographyBen Smithard
Edited byMark Day
Distributed byFocus Features[1]
Release date
  • 13 September 2019 (2019-09-13) (United Kingdom)
Running time
122 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

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.

The film is set in 1927, and features a royal visit to Downton Abbey by King George V and Queen Mary. It is scheduled to be theatrically released on 13 September 2019 in the United Kingdom.


In 1927, the King and Queen visit Downton Abbey, causing a stir among the Crawleys and servants alike.


New cast members[edit]


Highclere Castle, the site used as the fictional Downton Abbey estate.


The film, set in autumn 1927,[2] is a follow-up to the television series of the same name, which ended its original run in December 2015, after 52 episodes,[3] with its final episode set at New Year's Eve, 1925.[4] In April 2016, it was revealed that a film adaptation was being considered,[5] with Julian Fellowes working on an outline plot.[6] A script was distributed to original cast members early in 2017.[7][8]

On 13 July 2018, the producers confirmed that a feature-length film would be made,[9] with production commencing mid-2018.[10] The script was written by Fellowes, with direction expected to be by Brian Percival; producers include Fellowes, Gareth Neame and Liz Trubridge.[11] The film will be distributed by Focus Features and Universal Pictures International.[12]

In late August 2018, it was reported that Percival had stepped down as director and Michael Engler took on this job. Percival, in addition to Nigel Marchant, would be an executive producer.[13][14]


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,[11][15] with Joanne Froggatt confirming her involvement in a separate announcement.[16] Actress Lily James, who played Lady Rose MacClare, stated she would not be reprising her role for the film,[17][18] as did Ed Speleers who played footman James Kent.[19]

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.[14] 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.[20]

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,[21] 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.[22][23]


Principal photography started in London in late August 2018.[24][14] By 20 September, some filming was under way at Highclere Castle, Hampshire, which had been the main location for the television series.[25][26] 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.[27] Filming concluded in November 2018.[28]


The film is scheduled for a UK release on 13 September 2019, with the US following one week later on 20 September 2019.[29]

Box office[edit]

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.[30]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "'Downton Abbey' Movie: Story Takes Place 18 Months After Original Series". 20 December 2018. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  3. ^ "Downton Abbey Is Returning, With The Original Cast, To The Movies". Forbes. 15 July 2018. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  4. ^ Picturehouse Cinemas Ltd. (2019). "Coming Soon: Downton Abbey". Picturehouse Recommends. May/June/July: 6.
  5. ^ "Downton creator Julian Fellowes: 'Why the personal attacks hurt so much'". The Telegraph. 10 April 2016. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Julian Fellowes: I'm plotting Downton Abbey film". BBC News. 14 April 2016. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Downton Abbey movie 'could be filmed this year'". BBC News. 20 March 2017. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Downton Abbey's Phyllis Logan reveals production on the movie begins 'any minute now'". Radio times. Immediate Media Company. 12 August 2018. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  9. ^ "Downton Abbey film (finally) confirmed". BBC News. 13 July 2018. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  10. ^ "Downton Abbey film confirmed to shoot this summer with series cast returning". The Guardian. 13 July 2018. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  11. ^ a b Desta, Yohana. "It's Happening: Downton Abbey's Original Cast Is Reuniting for a Movie". Vanity Fair.
  12. ^ "'Downton Abbey' Movie Is on the Way". The New York Times. 13 July 2018. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  13. ^ "'Downton Abbey' Movie Due to Begin Filming as Cast Grows, Director Replaced". Collider. 31 August 2018.
  14. ^ a b c McNary, Dave (30 August 2018). "Imelda Staunton, Geraldine James Join 'Downton Abbey' Movie". Variety.
  15. ^ "Maggie Smith, 83, to Return for Downton Abbey Big Screen Movie Alongside TV Show's Main Cast".
  16. ^ "A 'Downton Abbey' Movie Is Coming and Joanne Froggatt and Michelle Dockery Are Beyond Excited About It". Access. KNBC. 13 July 2018. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  17. ^ "Lily James Reveals Why There's 'No Space' for Her in Downton Abbey Movie". People. 15 July 2018. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  18. ^ Corrodus, Corrine (16 July 2018). "Lily James will not be returning for the Downton Abbey movie". The Telegraph. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  19. ^ "Downton Abbey star Ed Speleers won't be returning for the film". Digital Spy. 11 November 2018. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  20. ^ "'Downton Abbey' is back with an all-new movie trailer". Journal Post. 24 May 2019. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  21. ^ "Matthew Goode confirmed for Downton Abbey movie – but he says he will only be "popping in at the end"". Radio Times.
  22. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (19 September 2018). "'Downton Abbey' Movie Sets Fall 2019 Opening". Deadline Hollywood.
  23. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (27 September 2018). "'Downton Abbey' Movie Adds 'The Royals' Max Brown". Deadline Hollywood.
  24. ^ "The Downton Abbey Movie Has Officially Started Filming". Cinemablend. Gateway Blend. 1 September 2018. Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  25. ^ "Downton Abbey movie: FIRST images of the lavish country set are unveiled as filming on the eagerly anticipated film gets underway at Highclere Castle". MSN Entertainment. MSN. 20 September 2018. Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  26. ^ "DOWNTON ABBEY MOVIE CONFIRMED". Highclere Castle. 5 August 2018. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  27. ^ Moore, Joanne (1 October 2018). "Downton stars return to Lacock for movie filming". The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  28. ^ "Allen Leech on Making 'Bohemian Rhapsody' and the 'Downton Abbey' Movie". Collider. Collider. 8 November 2018. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  29. ^ "Everything you need to know about the Downton Abbey movie". 2 November 2018.
  30. ^ Anthony D'Alessandro (21 August 2019). "'Downton Abbey' First Day Fandango Presales Bigger Than 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again'". Retrieved 21 August 2019.

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