Downton Abbey sequel has an official title and a new release date

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Photo credit: ITV
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The eagerly-anticipated Downton Abbey sequel has been given an official title along with a new release date.

Downton Abbey: A New Era will arrive in cinemas globally on March 18, 2022, it was confirmed at the Las Vegas CinemaCon last week (via Deadline). An exclusive clip from the film was also unveiled during the event, which features the aristocratic Crawley family preparing for a trip overseas. Jim Carter's beloved Mr Carson announces in the footage: "The British are coming."

In keeping with Downton's famously sumptuous style, fans can also expect plenty of dazzling glitz and glamour, some jazz and an opulent wedding.

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The returning cast includes Dame Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Jim Carter, Laura Carmichael, Michelle Dockery and Elizabeth McGovern. New additions feature Dominic West, Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock and Nathalie Baye.

The first Downton film, based on ITV's much-loved period drama, featured the Crawley family preparing to receive a visit from King George V and Queen Mary. It received mostly favourable reviews and grossed $194m worldwide.

Photo credit: ITV
Photo credit: ITV

In November last year, Michelle Dockery confirmed that she would be returning as Lady Mary Crawley for the sequel.

"There's something reassuring about that time without technology and today's fast pace of life,” she told Harper's Bazaar UK. "The characters of Downton, although they’re from a different time and have very different circumstances to most people, are relatable. Everyone has their favourite Downton character. I love escaping into period dramas and falling into the past."

Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes has returned to write the screenplay for the sequel.

Downton Abbey series 1-6 are available to stream now on Netflix.

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