Get the tea and crumpets ready, we’re heading back to Downton Abbey.
It’s been almost three and a half years since we said goodbye to the Crawley family and the inhabitants in and around the Abbey, but the wait is almost over seeing all our favourite characters up on the big screen and today (May 21) we got our first proper glimpse about the film adaptation and what we can expect.
This morning US time, the first trailer for the film dropped and we get to see the upstairs and downstairs crew adjust to life in yet another new era.
It is now 1927 – about a year and a half after the events in the TV finale – and the Earl (Hugh Bonneville) receives news of a splendid honour for the family: the King and Queen are coming to Downton! As you can imagine, the news puts the household into a spin, so much so that Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) pays everyone’s favourite retired butler Carson (Jim Carter) a visit, requesting his assistance. And as we all know, he can never say no to Lady Mary. It’s not long until we see that familiar figure once again striding up the drive to the glorious Abbey.
However, it’s not just the Earl, Lady Mary and Carson who are back. The trailer features so many characters who are near and dear to us: the Countess of Grantham (Elizabeth McGovern), the Dowager Countess of Grantham (Maggie Smith), Tom Branson (Allen Leech), Lady Edith (Laura Carmichael), Anna Bates (Joanne Froggatt), Henry Talbot (Matthew Goode), and Isobel Crawley (Penelope Wilton), among others. There’s some excellent material as well for Thomas Barrow (Rob James-Collier), which we have long waited to see.
Everything is familiar, yet heightened. We have the Abbey, the characters, the hustle and bustle of putting on a major event, we even get some classic Dowager/Isobel zingers. It looks to be just what we always imagined the Downton movie to be.
The story comes from series creator Julian Fellowes with The Book Thief’s Brian Percival directing. We are in safe hands with Percival; he has already helmed six Downton eps, including the series finale so he understands these characters and where they are at.
Start preparing your finest frocks for the royal visit. Downton Abbey hits cinemas on September 20.
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