What Is the Release Date for the ‘Downton Abbey’ Movie?

Costume drama addicts were thrilled this summer when they learned that Downton Abbey is coming to the big screen. The PBS show about the adventures of the upper-class Crawley family and their many servants was a surprise hit when it premiered in the U.S. back in 2011. The series ended its six-season run in 2016. Almost immediately, rumors started to fly that a movie was on the table.

Here’s everything we know so far about the upcoming Downton Abbey movie, including when it will hit theaters.

The movie will be released in September 2019

Maggie Smith in Downton Abbey

Maggie Smith in Downton Abbey | PBS

The Downton Abbey movie will hit U.S. theaters on September 20, 2019, Variety reports. Audiences in the rest of the world will get to see it one week earlier on September 13. Focus Features is the studio behind the movie.

“Since the series ended, fans of Downton have long been waiting for the Crawley family’s next chapter,” Focus chairman Peter Kujawski said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to join this incredible group of filmmakers, actors and craftspeople, led by Julian Fellowes and Gareth Neame, in bringing back the world of Downton to the big screen next September.”

Will the original cast be back?

Whether you’re a fan of Lady Mary or firmly on Team Edith, almost all your favorite characters will be back for the film. The entire original principal cast will return, including Hugh Bonneville as Lord Grantham, Elizabeth McGovern as his wife Cora, Laura Carmichael as Edith, Michelle Dockery as Mary, Joanne Froggart as Anna Bates, and Maggie Smith as the Dowager Countess.

Some new faces will be joining the cast as well, including Imelda Staunton, Geraldine James, Simon Jones, and Tuppence Middleton. Series creator Julian Fellowes will pen the script. Filming started in August.

There will be a few faces missing from the reunion, though. Lily James, who played Lady Rose, has said she won’t be in the movie since her character, who moved to America in Season 5, wouldn’t really fit in the film. Dan Stevens (Matthew Crawley) and Jessica Brown Findlay (Lady Sybil) probably won’t be back either, since both their characters are dead (though there’s always the possibility they’ll pop up in a flashback).

What we know about the story

As of now, we don’t know much about the plot of the Downton Abbey movie, though Focus has promised a script that “charms, thrills, and entertains.”

The Downton finale was set on New Year’s Eve 1925, so it’s safe to assume that the upcoming film will be set either in the late 1920s or 1930s. Most the characters got a happy ending at the show’s end, which pleased fans, but could be an obstacle for the new movie. Entertainment Weekly speculated that some of the show’s “happily-ever-afters will need undoing … to create enough drama for a film.”

A few cast members have posted to Instagram from the set, including Michelle Dockery, Allen Leech, and Joanne Froggatt, but they don’t reveal much.

 

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Little sneak peek behind the scenes of the Downton movie

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Fans will simply have to wait until next September to find out what happened to the Crawleys.

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