The sequel to the 2019 hit film Downton Abbey will be released on Wednesday, August 25, 2021, according to Universal’s slate presentation at CinemaCon in Las Vegas. The sequel is titled Downton Abbey: A New Era, and it will be released on March 18, 2022, early next year.
The teaser footage shown during the official announcement ceremony saw the Crawley family and household employees reuniting while preparations for an overseas journey were underway. Mr. Carson, played by actor Jim Carter, remarked in the teaser, “The British are coming.”
There was also a lot of sparkle, glamour, and jazz in the teaser, as well as some views of a wedding ceremony. The teaser, on the other hand, was limited in scope, as it was only displayed at the presentation, with no indication of when it would be made public.
Plot and Timeline of the Film
Following the tremendous success of the TV series of the same name that aired from 2010 to 2015, the first edition of Downton Abbey was launched in the United States on September 20, 2019.
The first Downton Abbey film was a historical drama that followed the same plot as the television show. The film was set in 1927 and followed the King and Queen of England’s visit to the Grantham estate of the Crawley family.
The Crawley family and their home employees will now go on a Grand Tour of Europe in the next sequel, which will follow them as they depart their rural estate Downton Abbey.
Cast of ‘Downton Abbey: A New Era’
According to sources, Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Laura Charmichael, and Carter, who played the lead parts in the film, will reprise their roles.
“It was definitely that sensation of, Oh, we could do this again, and it would be fantastic to all get back together,” English actress Dockery, who plays Lady Mary, previously told Harper’s Bazaar.
“I think this story can be never ending when you’ve got that many different characters, personalities, relationships—whether they be romantic, friendships, or feuds,” actress Joanne Froggatt, who plays Anna Bates, told the publication of her excitement for the sequel.
In addition, new characters like as Hugh Dancy, Nathalie Baye, Laura Haddock, and Dominic West are scheduled to join the group in the new age.
Filming and the Production Team
Simon Curtis, an Emmy nominee, will direct Downton Abbey: A New Era, replacing Michael Engler, who directed the first film. Curtis is a British film director and producer who has directed plays and television series such as David Copperfield and Cranford. He has also directed feature films such as My Week with Marilyn and Woman in Gold, both biographical dramas.
Oscar-winner Julian Fellowes, who worked on the Downton Abbey screenplay, will return to work on the sequel. He’ll also produce the film alongside Liz Trubridge, who won an Emmy, and Gareth Neame, who won a BAFTA.
The sequel is being produced by Carnival Films, with Focus Features handling domestic distribution and Universal Pictures handling worldwide distribution. On August 13, Focus Features’ official Twitter account posted a minute-long video, implying that the movie had been in the works for some time.