Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery Announces Third Film Is Officially in Production with BTS Clip of Cast



Summary

  • Michelle Dockery announces start of production for
    Downton Abbey 3
    , reuniting cast for loyal fans’ delight.
  • Original cast set to return with some new faces in highly anticipated
    Downton Abbey
    sequel, under direction of Simon Curtis.
  • Creator Julian Fellowes hints at potential continuation of
    Downton Abbey
    legacy, teasing fans with promising updates.

Michelle Dockery has announced that production has officially begun on the third installment of the Downton Abbey film series. The news was unveiled in a new behind-the-scenes video posted on the show’s official X account. The clip shows the cast reuniting, including a table read featuring name cards for Hugh Bonneville and Michelle Dockery, reprising their roles as Robert and Lady Mary respectively.

It’s wonderful all to be back together again. You come back together and it’s like no time has passed at all. We are so happy to announce that we are in production for the third Downton Abbey movie. We can’t wait to see you.

In the newly released video, Michelle Dockery expresses excitement about working on what she referred to as the third Downton Abbey movie. “It feels amazing. A tad emotional,” she said. The enthusiasm is shared by Focus Features and Carnival Films, the production companies behind the series, who are both pleased to continue this storied franchise.

Originally debuting as a television series, Downton Abbey quickly garnered viewers with its intricate portrayal of early 20th-century British aristocracy. Its success led to its first film adaptation in 2019, followed by “Downton Abbey: A New Era” in 2022.

Downton Abbey Returns with a Mix of Old Favorites and Fresh Talent

As Downton Abbey series prepares for its third cinematic outing, a newly released brief video has excitedly confirmed the return of core cast members along with some fresh faces. The upcoming film, continuing the saga of the Crawley family, will see Michelle Dockery and Hugh Bonneville reprise their roles as Mary and Robert Crawley, respectively. They are joined by a substantial roster of returning actors who have become synonymous with the series’ success.

Among the returning ensemble are Elizabeth McGovern, Laura Carmichael, and Jim Carter, alongside Phyllis Logan, Robert James-Collier, and Joanne Froggatt. Each actor has breathed life into their roles over the years, creating a rich narrative that fans have come to love. Additionally, Allen Leech, Penelope Wilton, and a host of others are set to return, maintaining the continuity and familial warmth that Downton Abbey is known for.

Paul Giamatti is confirmed to revisit his role as Harold Levinson, further tying the new film to the broader “Downton” legacy. Under the direction of Simon Curtis, who previously helmed Downton Abbey: A New Era — celebrated by critics and audiences alike on Rotten Tomatoes — expectations are high for this next installment.

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Downton Abbey 3 will not only revisit familiar grounds but also introduce characters portrayed by Joely Richardson, Alessandro Nivola, Simon Russell Beale, and Arty Froushan. Details about these new characters remain under wraps, adding an element of mystery to the upcoming film.

As Downton Abbey’s storied universe unfolds, Imelda Staunton’s participation for the third film has not been confirmed yet, despite hinting at the movie itself. The creator, Julian Fellowes, has expressed his reluctance to definitively close the chapter on Downton Abbey, saying:

“I have said goodbye to Downton so many times, and I have written the last scene about six or seven times. Now, I’ve got out of the habit of making permanent statements about whether it’s gone.”

Downton Abbey: A New Era

Follow-up to the 2019 feature film in which the Crawley family and Downton staff received a royal visit from the King and Queen of Great Britain. Maggie Smith returns.

Release Date May 20, 2022

Runtime 2hr 2min

Format Theatrical

Studio Universal Pictures

Tagline Another visit.

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