If you’ve already wheeled out the tea set and started practicing your best Maggie Smith bon mots, chances are you can’t wait for the Downton Abbey movie.
The film will be a follow-up to the beloved six season series, which aired on Masterpiece PBS. Set in the titular Crawley family’s country estate, the drama followed the lives of the family and their servants from the turn of the 20th century through sweeping societal changes including World War I and the Roaring Twenties. The show was one of Masterpiece’s biggest hits in years, winning 3 Golden Globes and 15 Emmys (and snagging 69 total nods).
Since ending its run in 2016, fans have been clamoring for a film, something many of the cast and creator Julian Fellowes have teased plenty. But excitement reached a fever pitch this past July when it was finally confirmed that the film was a go.
Here’s everything we know about the forthcoming film:
The film will land in theaters in September 2019, just in time to make an awards season run. The project will be released by Focus Features in North America on Friday, Sept. 20. International audiences will get the film a week earlier on Sept. 13.
The majority of the original cast is returning and producers announced the “original principal cast” would return, not specifying names. Back in July, EW confirmed Michelle Dockery, Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith, and Joanne Froggatt were onboard, while People confirmed Elizabeth McGovern and Laura Carmichael’s involvement.. Allen Leech also appeared to confirm he was onboard on their social media channels.
Many are likely surprised by Smith’s involvement as she repeatedly cited her disinterest in continuing, and in an interview with the British Film Institute, even suggested a potential film should open with her character’s funeral.
Matthew Goode who joined the series for its final season as Lady Mary’s love interest (and eventual second husband) will make a brief appearance. He told the Radio Times, “I’m just popping in at the end, which is a nice way to do it.”
The film will also welcome a host of new faces, including Harry Potter’s Imelda Staunton, Geraldine James (Anne with an E, Beast), Simon Jones (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Brideshead Revisited), David Haig (Killing Eve, Penny Dreadful), Tuppence Middleton (War and Peace, The Imitation Game), Kate Phillips (Peaky Blinders, The Crown) and Stephen Campbell Moore (History Boys, Lark Rise to Candleford).
Lily James, who broke out on the series as young Cousin Rose, will not be involved sadly, which she confirmed to People. “My character Ro