Our first look at the new Downton Abbey film is here - and fans won't be disappointed. A series of stills showing the cast in character were released this week.
The original cast has reunited for a second film - title Downton Abbey: A New Era - including Dame Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Jim Carter, Laura Carmichael, Michelle Dockery and Elizabeth McGovern, along with some new additions in the form of Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock, Tuppence Middleton and Dominic West.
The released images also show that Sophie McShera and Lesley Nichol are back as Daisy and Mrs Patmore, and hard at work in the kitchen.
And we get our first glimpse of Laura Haddock as Myrna Dalgleish, who looks as though she will be bringing some added glamour to the screen.
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. The franchise's creator Julian Fellowes has returned to write the screenplay for the sequel.
Michelle Dockery, who made her name as Lady Mary Crawley, confirmed that she'd be returning to play the character last year.
"There's something reassuring about that time without technology and today's fast pace of life,” she told Harper's Bazaar UK, of why the show appeals to viewers. "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."
Little detail has been revealed about the plot, however, during its unveiling event, an exclusive clip was shared. It shows the aristocratic Crawley family preparing for a trip overseas, according to Deadline. Jim Carter's Mr Carson announces in the footage: "The British are coming."
Downton Abbey: A New Era will premiere in UK cinemas on 18 March 2022.
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