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Original TV cast to reunite for Downton Abbey movie

Julia Gonzales | 13 July, 2018, 19:55

Numerous cast of the series had spoken of their willingness to return for a big-screen "Downton" and the producers said Friday the original principal cast from the drama are on board the movie.

The Downton Abbey movie is official. And this won't just be a made-for-TV follow-up: this is a full-fledged theatrical event. Brian Percival directed the series' pilot and will helm the movie.

The "Downton Abbey" movie is a Carnival Films production, with Focus Features and Universal Pictures International distributing. Expect lavish production design and high drama.

Across six seasons of its original run, Downton Abbey - set in the wealthy Crawley family's country estate as it followed their intricate lives as well as those of the servants they employed at the turn of the 20th century - garnered a steady global following and sustained critical acclaim.

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It's been just a little over two years since the Downton Abbey series finale (and if you have already forgotten what happened, I am here to help), but there have been rumors of a potential movie since the show wrapped. He will executive-produce alongside fellow returnees Gareth Neame, Liz Trubridge and Nigel Marchant. Not only that, but it even scored a Guinness World Record for the highest critically rated TV show along the way. "Film production begins this summer".

"Since the series ended, fans of Downton have always been waiting for the Crawley family's next chapter", Focus chairman Peter Kujawski said in a statement.

Joanne Froggatt, who played lady's maid Anna Bates, tweeted a photograph of herself alongside fellow cast members Michelle Dockery (who played Lady Mary Crawley) and Dame Maggie Smith (who played Lady Crawley), writing: "Delighted to announce we're getting the band back together! We're thrilled to join this incredible group of filmmakers, actors and craftspeople, led by Julian Fellowes and Gareth Neame, in bringing back the world of Downton to the big screen".

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