Directed by: Michael Engler
Starring: Hugh Bonneville, Jim Carter, Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Maggie Smith, Imelda Staunton, Penelope Wilton
Genre: Drama, History
Release date: 13 September, 2019
Running Time: 122 Minutes
The continuing story of the Crawley family, wealthy owners of a large estate in the English countryside in the early 20th century.
Downton Abbey is an upcoming 2019 British historical period drama film, written by Julian Fellowes and directed by Michael Engler. It is a continuation of the television series of the same name, created by Fellowes, that ran on ITV from 2010 to 2015.
The film is set in 1927–1929, and features a royal visit to Downton Abbey by King George V and Queen Mary. It is scheduled to open in theaters on 13 September, 2019 in the United Kingdom.
In 1927, the King and Queen visit Downton Abbey, causing a stir among the Crawleys and servants alike.
Highclere Castle, the site used as the fictional Downton Abbey estate.
The film, set in autumn 1927, is a follow-up to the television series of the same name, which ended its original run in December 2015, after 52 episodes, with its final episode set at New Year’s Eve, 1925. In April 2016, it was revealed that a film adaptation was being considered, with Julian Fellowes working on an outline plot. A script was distributed to original cast members early in 2017.
On 13 July 2018, the producers confirmed that a feature-length film would be made, with production commencing mid-2018. The script was written by Fellowes, with direction expected to be by Brian Percival; producers include Fellowes, Gareth Neame and Liz Trubridge. The film will be distributed by Focus Features and Universal Pictures International.
In late August 2018, it was reported that Percival had stepped down as director and Michael Engler took on this job. Percival, in addition to Nigel Marchant, would be an executive producer.
Original cast members including Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Michelle Dockery, Laura Carmichael and Maggie Smith, were confirmed to return as their characters from the series, with Joanne Froggatt confirming her involvement in a separate announcement. Actress Lily James, who played Lady Rose MacClare, stated she would not be reprising her role for the film, as did Ed Speleers who played footman James Kent.
An August 2018 announcement indicated that newcomers Imelda Staunton, Geraldine James, Tuppence Middleton, Simon Jones, David Haig, Kate Phillips, and Stephen Campbell Moore would be among the cast of the film. Though not shown in the trailer, the producers told the news media that Simon Jones and Geraldine James play the King and Queen, respectively, while David Haig appears as the King’s butler.
In September 2018, it was confirmed that Matthew Goode, who played Lady Mary’s husband Henry Talbot in the final series, appears only briefly due to other commitments, while Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Kevin Doyle, Harry Hadden-Paton, Rob James-Collier, Allen Leech, Phyllis Logan, Sophie McShera, Lesley Nicol and Penelope Wilton were confirmed to be reprising their respective roles, with Max Brown joining in a new, undisclosed role.
Principal photography started in London in late August 2018. By 20 September, some filming was under way at Highclere Castle, Hampshire, which had been the main location for the television series. Also in September, filming was under way in Lacock, Wiltshire, with Dame Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern and Michelle Dockery as well as two new cast members, Imelda Staunton (wife of Jim Carter) and Geraldine James; scenes shot in Lacock included a celebration with horses from the Royal Artillery. Filming concluded in November 2018.
The film is scheduled for a UK release on 13 September, 2019, with the US following one week later on 20 September 2019.
Downton Abbey Movie Trailer
Downton Abbey Movie Trailer