One More Time, Possibly: Michelle Dockery Teases Possibility Of Downton Abbey Film

Credit: PBS
Credit: PBS

It’s been five months since the Crawley family graced our screens with their Christmas special finale. Fans are eager to hear more about a rumored movie that has been bouncing around since the series ended.

Well, look no further.

Speaking to The Telegraph, Michelle Dockery, who played the whip-smart, witty, yet oddly endearing Lady Mary Crawley, said: I think there is potential for a film. That is something I would wholeheartedly consider, so we will see. It may not be over yet.”

All this teasing is doing nothing for my nerves. Jullian Fellowes, creator and writer of the series, has also mentioned the possibility of the show returning as a film.

In an interview with IndieWire, Fellowes states, “I hope there will be a film. There is an audience for a film. I’d structure a narrative with lots of things happening, but we would need a kind of unity to make a feature, which is a challenge for me. It would be a bigger canvas: a riot could be a real riot, the ball a real ball. I would like that, I think it would be fun. But there’s a time and then everyone’s moved on.”

While all of this is hardly signed, sealed, and delivered, at least Lady Mary is down for it. Penciling a movie production, though, may be hard work. Dockery already has two post-Downton shows in the tube Good Intentions and Godless. 

Good Intentions airs this fall on TNT and it’s about as far away from Mary Crawley as possible. Her character, Letty Dobesh, is a con-artist, a druggie, a booze hound, and quite the promiscuous woman.

Godless is a Western Dockery is currently filming for Netflix alongside Jeff Daniels and Jack O’Connell. Godless tells the story of Frank Griffin (Daniels), an outlaw hunting down his mortal enemy Roy Goode (O’Connell) when he has to hide at Alice Fletcher’s (Dockery) ranch. Frank is then lead to a mysterious town named La Belle in New Mexico which is entirely made up of women.

No matter where her journeys take her past Downton, one thing’s for certain, after spending six years with her cast mates, they all still keep in touch. Dockery occasionally joins her screen mother Elizabeth McGovern on stage with her band Sadie and the Hotheads and her and Laura Carmichael, who played Lady Edith on the show, still talk constantly.

Maybe she can get everyone to join the film if it does indeed happen? Though, don’t hold out any hope of seeing Maggie Smith and Penelope Wilton trading zingers in the possible film. Smith has said she can no longer play the Dowager Countess.

“What age would she be? By the time we finished [she] must have been about 110. It couldn’t go on and on, it just didn’t make sense.”

Insert sad face here.

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Shelby is currently reviewer extraordinaire for 4YE. She is also currently the co-editor of Arkansas Tech University's paper The Arka Tech. She runs her own movie review blog called Shellin' Out Reviews where she crossposts many of her reviews. She previously was a staff writer at PopWrapped.

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