Downton Abbey isn’t done just yet!
Following the major success of the television series and the 2019 film, it has been confirmed that a sequel movie is now on the way and is scheduled for a December 22 , 2021 release.
As production begins, creator Julian Fellows revealed the original cast is set to return including Hugh Bonneville, Jim Carter, Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Maggie Smith, Imelda Staunton and Penelope Wilton. Along with the familiar faces there will be new cast additions including Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock, Nathalie Baye and Dominic West.
“After a very challenging year with so many of us separated from family and friends, it is a huge comfort to think that better times are ahead and that next Christmas we will be re-united with the much beloved characters of Downton Abbey,” co-producer Gareth Neame said in a release.
Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski added, “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.”
Fellows will be writing the film’s screenplay and producing alongside Neame and Liz Trubridge while Simon Curtis will be returning to direct.
Downton Abbey 2 is in theaters on December 22, 2021.
We’re thrilled to announce that Julian Fellowes and the entire Downton cast are back for #DowntonAbbey2, with Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock, Nathalie Baye and Dominic West joining!
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— Downton Abbey (@DowntonAbbey) April 19, 2021