‘Downton Abbey’ Movie With Original Cast Finally Gets Greenlight

Downton Abbey movie to shoot this summer

Joanne Froggatt, who played lady's maid Anna Bates, tweeted a photograph of herself alongside fellow cast members Michelle Dockery (who played Lady Mary Crawley) and Dame Maggie Smith (who played Lady Crawley), writing: "Delighted to announce we're getting the band back together!"

Fellowes wrote the film's screenplay and will produce with Gareth Neame and Liz Trubridge. Brian Percival (The Book Thief, About a Girl), who directed the series' pilot way back in 2010, is on board to direct the feature film. We do not yet know much about the film's plot, other than that it will again center on the Crawley family and their impressive estate.

Carnival has received a host of national and global awards over its 40-year history including Primetime Emmys, Golden Globes and BAFTAs, and has been recognized as the UK's best production company at both the Bulldog Awards and Broadcast Awards. The show was showered with awards, from Emmys to BAFTAs to Golden Globes - some more deserved than others - but it was always a joy to watch, even when it was occasionally ridiculous (the less said about Patrick the mystery man in bandages or Matthew's awesome "I've been paralyzed but I can definitely suddenly stand and catch a falling woman" miracle the better).

Ready to reunite with the Crawley family? The drama had its fair share of sad season conclusions from the outbreak of World War I to Matthew's death by auto crash.

Not every recurring character we've seen over the years will feature in the film, although Highclere Castle will return as the family's hub.

"Since the series ended, fans of "Downton" have always been waiting for the Crawley family's next chapter", said Focus chairman Peter Kujawski. "We're thrilled to join this incredible group of filmmakers, actors and craftspeople, led by Julian Fellowes and Gareth Neame, in bringing back the world of Downton to the big screen".

Production is set to begin on the film adaptation of Downton Abbey this summer with the original TV cast reprising their roles. A release date has yet to be set.

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