Original TV cast to reunite for Downton Abbey movie

From left Laura Carmichael Elizabeth McGovern and Michelle Dockery of “Downton Abbey.”

From left Laura Carmichael Elizabeth McGovern and Michelle Dockery of “Downton Abbey.”

Also returning from the series is its creator Academy-Award victor Julian Fellowes who wrote the film's screenplay and will produce alongside Gareth Neame and Liz Trubridge.

Fans will remember the Downton Abbey TV show stretched from the sinking of the Titanic in April 1912 to New Year's Day 1926.

Producer Gareth Neame said it had been "our dream to bring the millions of global fans a movie".

It's been a long time coming but a feature length film for the cinema is now entering production.

"Since the series ended, fans of "Downton" have always been waiting for the Crawley family's next chapter", said Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski in a statement. Brian Percival, director of the show's pilot episode, will helm the feature film.

It's official - Downton Abbey the movie is in the works with the original star cast of the TV series reuniting for the film. The series, which dealt with the dueling worlds of the aristocratic Crawley family in their lavish British estate and their humble downstairs employees, became a worldwide sensation, and launched the careers of Legion's Dan Stevens and Cinderella's Lily James.

Joanne Froggatt, who played Anna Bates, tweeted a snap of herself alongside Michelle and Dame Maggie (who played Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham), writing: "Delighted to announce we're getting the band back together!"

The cast and crew of Downton Abbey will cordially invite moviegoers to theaters all across the globe when Julian Fellowes' film makes its debut.

Series creator Julian Fellowes is the brains behind the film's script, and we understand he'll co-produce this period drama alongside Gareth Neame and Liz Trubridge. The movie will be produced by Carnival films and distributed by Focus Features and Universal Pictures International.

Hugh Bonneville (Robert Crawley) and Elizabeth McGovern (Cora Crawley) both retweeted the Downton Abbey announcement message. Ever since Downton Abbey ended its television run after six seasons, fans have asked, "But when is it coming back?"

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