Put on the kettle and make some tea, Downton Abbey fans, because you’d want to sit down for this piece of news.
After years of talk, the beloved British series is finally making its way to the big screen. And what’s more, the original cast is set to reprise their roles. Production is slated to begin later in the summer.
In a statement, producer Gareth Neame said: “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.
“(Creator) Julian’s (Fellowes) script charms, thrills and entertains and in (director) Brian Percival’s hands we aim to deliver everything that one would hope for as Downton comes to the big screen.” Percival also directed Downton Abbey’s pilot episode.
The British series started its run in 2010 and immediately became a hit around the globe with its upstairs-downstairs story line, gorgeous settings and scrumptious turn-of-the-century fashion.
The series, which ended in 2015, won numerous gongs, including the Golden Globe Award for Best Miniseries Or Television Film and an Emmy for Outstanding Miniseries Or Movie.
While the press release states that the original cast will return to star in the movie, it is, however, unknown if Maggie Smith has agreed to participate in the big screen version.
The 83-year-old who played fan favourite Dowager Countess of Grantham, has said in previous interviews that she is done with the role.
“… I can’t see how it could go on (beyond Season Six). I mean, I certainly can’t keep going. To my knowledge, I must be 110 by now. We’re into the late 1920s,” Smith said.
“I just think it’s squeezing it dry, do you know what I mean? I don’t know what it could possibly be. It was so meandering, what would you (do)? Anyway that’s not my problem. That’s the Lord’s (Julian Fellowes’) problem,” said Smith in an interview in 2015 about the possibility of a Downton Abbey movie.