For anyone with a Highclere Castle-shaped hole in their lives, this is major: the beloved British TV series Downton Abbey is officially being made into a movie, and the original cast is on board.
Michelle Dockery (you may know her best as Lady Mary) announced the big news on her Instagram, revealing that filming will commence this (we’re guessing northern hemisphere) summer.
The official Downton Abbey Instagram account swiftly followed suit:
Focus Features and Carnival Films are producing the Downton movie, telling Deadline that show creator Julian Fellowes has written the screenplay and many of the original cast – think Dockery, Maggie Smith and Hugh Bonneville – are all on board.
Joanne Froggatt (aka Anna Bates) is also confirmed, tweeting the below:
“When the television series drew to a close it was our dream to bring the millions of global fans a movie and now, after getting many stars aligned, we are shortly to go into production,” film producer Gareth Neame told Deadline. “Julian’s script charms, thrills and entertains and in Brian Percival’s hands we aim to deliver everything that one would hope for as Downton comes to the big screen.”
Downton Abbey ran for six seasons and scored numerous accolades, from Golden Globes to Emmys to SAG awards.