The 'Downton Abbey' Movie Is Officially Happening Even Though the Cast Didn't Know

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Following what feels like eons of rumors, NBCUniversal International Studios officially confirmed today that the Downton Abbey movie is coming.

"There's a movie in the works," studio president Michael Edelstein told AP at the opening of "Downton Abbey: The Exhibition" in Singapore. "It's been in the works for some time... We are working on getting the script right and then we've got to figure out how to get the (cast) together. Because as you know, people go on and do other things." He noted that nothing has been scheduled yet, "but we're hopeful to make a movie sometime next year.

Apparently, no one told the show's cast, though; Laura Carmichael, who starred as Lady Edith on the show, told AP, "Well, tell my agent, because we're still waiting to know. We're hoping that will happen soon," while Sophie McShera, who played Daisy, said, "You've got confirmation before us. We have no idea if that's happening."McShera continued, "But we would all love to be part of the film if it was to happen, for sure."

Meanwhile, the mastermind behind the series, showrunner Julian Fellowes, told AP, "I think we've got a film in us. I hope it happens."

But there's one member of the cast who isn't totally on board. Earlier this year, Dame Maggie Smith said, "I just think it's squeezing it dry," when asked about a Downton Abbey movie. Fingers crossed she changes her mind...

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