“Downton Abbey” A New Era: Everything You Need To Know About The Upcoming Movie Sequel
The teaser trailer has finally been released, with the film set to premiere next spring.
Focus Features confirmed back in April that the second “Downton Abbey” film adaptation was in the works – delighting fans of the period-drama across the globe. Originally due to hit cinemas this Christmas, the release date for the highly anticipated sequel has been pushed back to the 18th of March 2022.
While only one teaser trailer has been released so far - it’s enough to spark excitement amongst avid watchers of the show, who tuned into the first film, which premiered in 2019. Described by series creator, Julian Fellowes as “unashamedly feel-good” – the movie sequel will follow on from the events of the first film, which unfolded in the late 1920s.
Plot details are currently being kept under wraps, but if the trailer is anything to go by – we can expect an ultra-glam tale filled with scandal and surprises. A key moment in the teaser trailer features the Dowager of Countess (Dame Maggie Smith), revealing that she has inherited a villa in the South of France, from a former lover. The Crawley family’s grand venture to the French Rivera will be coupled by the iconic time-period that the film is set in.
In a recent interview with People, Fellowes expands on the film’s premise of a “new era” – stating that, “the further the 20s went along, the more the world was changing in so many ways”. He concludes that the film is trying to “mark” that change, as the Crawley’s approach the 1930s - a time which Fellowes describes as “the beginning of the modern world”.
It has been confirmed that most of the original cast will be returning for the sequel, including fan-favorites: Hugh Bonneville (Robert Crawley), Jim Carter (Mr Carson), and Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith Crawley). Not forgetting the one and only - Dame Maggie Smith, who will be reprising her role as the fiercely loved, Dowager of Countess. Newcomers who will be making their mark in the two-hour long feature film will include Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock, and Nathalie Baye.
If you’re unfamiliar with the Downton legacy, or simply want to refresh your memory in the build-up to the forthcoming sequel - the entire “Downton Abbey” series is available to stream on Netflix now.
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