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Downton Abbey star confirms movie sequel in the works, filming to start in 2021

Actors Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Michelle Dockery, Laura Carmichael and Allen Leech attend the world premiere of "Downton Abbey" in London.

Downton Abbey star confirms movie sequel in the works, filming to start in 2021

A second film based on hit period drama Downton Abbey is on its way, according to the show’s star.

Downton Abbey star confirms movie sequel in the works, filming to start in 2021

Downton Abbey actor Jim Carter, who plays butler Charles Carson, has confirmed a feature-length Downton Abbey sequel is in the works.

Speaking to ITV show This Morning, Carter said the cast have already been handed the script, but has remained tight-lipped on details.

“If you promise not to tell anyone, I’ll let you know that we’ve seen a script. The script for a second film is there. We’ve seen it, it’s very funny. It’s got all the same characters in, all the regular characters,” he said.

Carter said the plan at this stage is to start filming next year, “Covid willing”.

Rumours of a Downton Abbey sequel have been circulating for a while.

Earlier this year, show writer Julian Fellowes revealed he would start working on a new Downton script when he finishes writing another upcoming period drama.

Long-time Downton Abbey producer Gareth Neame, who pitched the original concept for the show to Fellowes, also told The Hollywood Reporter a sequel was in the works.

“We’re working on what the story is, and when we might be able to make it. But it’s the same as the first time around – we have to try and get everyone back together again. And that was very challenging,” he said. 

The first Downton Abbey film was a box office hit, becoming Focus Features’ highest-grossing film of all time in the US.

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