The plot for the new Downton Abbey movie sequel has been kept relatively under wraps. Now, with the release of the Downton Abbey: A New Era trailer, we get a glimpse of what’s to come in the film.
It appears the Crawley family are taking a holiday to the South of France, after the Dowager Countess, played by Maggie Smith, reveals to her family that she inherited a villa from a man from her past.
“Years ago, before you were born, I met a man. And now I’ve come into the possession of a villa in the South of France,” she tells the family.
All the favourites are back in the Downton Abbey: A New Era trailer, including Mary Crawley, Edith Crawley, Mr Carson and Mrs Hughes.
“A new era begins, and there’s no place we’d rather be. #DowntonAbbey: A New Era is in theaters this March,” shared the creators last week, alongside photos from the film.
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In August, it was revealed next Downton Abbey movie will be called Downton Abbey: A New Era. When the sequel went into production in April, the film was called Downton Abbey 2 and it was announced it would be released in cinemas at Christmas.
However, it has now been revealed that the movie, the follow-up to the 2019 film, will be called Downton Abbey: A New Era and that it has been pushed back by a few months to have a global release on 29 March 2022.
Teaser footage shows the Crawley family and the Downton staff preparing for an overseas trip, with Jim Carter’s Mr Carson saying, “The British are coming.” The footage, which is yet to be released to the public, also appears to feature a wedding.
In addition to Carter, original castmembers including Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael and Michelle Dockery have returned for the period drama, and are joined by new additions Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock, Nathalie Baye, and Dominic West.
The film was directed by Simon Curtis from a script written by Downton creator Julian Fellowes with Gareth Neame and Liz Trubridge.
The Downton Abbey series ran from 2010 to 2015. The 2019 film depicted the King and Queen of England visiting the Crawley family’s estate.
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