Downton Abbey: movie adds Imelda Staunton and more

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The long-rumoured, now-official Downton Abbey movie is formally going into production in September with the addition of new cast members Imelda Staunton and Geraldine James.

Staunton and James join David Haig, Tuppence Middleton, Kate Phillips, Stephen Campbell Moore, and Simon Jones as the rather well-heeled Crawley family takes to the big screen. They’ll join series stalwarts Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Joanne Froggatt and Maggie Smith, who will all reprise their roles from the series.

The movie was confirmed in July and it’s set to be directed by Michael Engler and written by the series’s creator, Julian Fellowes, while Fellowes, along with Liz Trubridge and Gareth Neame will produce. Brian Percival, who helmed the series’ pilot episode, was originally set to direct but he has now been succeeded by Engler.

Downton Abbey concluded in 2016 after six seasons, having bagged three Golden Globes, 15 Emmy awards, and a special BAFTA. Talk about a movie has been rife since long before the series concluded.

With its production start date of September, we reckon we’ll see the Downton Abbey movie sometime in autumn 2019.

More news on this project as we get it.