It's official, two years after the first film was released Downton Abbey is returning for a sequel. The hit film, which was a spin off of the original ITV series, will be getting a follow up, due to hit cinemas this December.
Downton Abbey 2 (no word on the official title just yet) will see the original cast reprise their roles, alongside some new and exciting names including The Pursuit of Love's Dominic West and Guardians of the Galaxy Laura Haddock.
Here's everything we know about the Downton Abbey sequel.
Who has been cast in Downton Abbey 2?
The first bit of good news is that the original cast is set to be reprising their roles in the sequel. So we can expect to see the Crawley family, Carson and all the gang back together again. Joining them are some big and exciting new names, including The Wire's Dominic West, Hannibal's Hugh Dancy, The Inbetweeners's Laura Haddock and Catch Me if you Can star Nathalie Baye.
Plus, diehard fans will be pleased to hear that series creator Julian Fellowes will be writing the film's screenplay, with Simon Curtis (Goodbye Christopher Robin) directing.
What's Downton Abbey 2 going to be about?
At the moment we don't know a lot about the plot. The first film followed the dramatic royal visit from the King and Queen of England, so it's possible that the second film could follow along with more royal involvement.
It also seems like the sequel may revolved around the family's Christmas, based on what Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski recently said.
"There's no place like home for the holidays, and we can’t imagine a better gift than getting to reunite with Julian, Gareth, and the entire Downton family in 2021 to bring the Crawley’s back home for their fans," he told Variety.
When is Downton Abbey 2 being released?
The film reportedly began production earlier in April and will be released on December 22, 2021.
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