Cast and distribution date confirmed at start of filming

Focus Features put production with Gareth Neame’s Carnival Films on Downton Abbey 2.

The original main cast will return for the second film which began production last week and is slated for release Christmas 2021 on December 22, 2021. Original stars include Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Imelda Staunton and Maggie Smith.

In addition, Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock, Nathalie Baye and Dominic West will join the cast. Downton Creator Julian Fellowes will be writing the script for the film again, with winners Emmy Gareth Neame and Liz Trubridge returning to produce with Fellowes. Simon Curtis, BAFTA and Emmy nominated director (My week with Marilyn) will join the production team to make the sequel.

The first film, which cost over $ 230 million and was based on the television juggernaut of the same name, followed a royal visit to the Crawley family and the King and Queen of England’s Downton staff and ended in a ball fit for the royal family. .

Gareth Neame, producer of the film and executive chairman of Carnival Films, said: “After a very difficult year with so many of us separated from family and friends, it is a huge comfort to think that better times are here. coming and that next Christmas we will be reunited with the beloved characters of Downton abbey. “

Peter Kujawski, President of Focus Features, added, “There is no place like home to vacation, and we can’t imagine a better gift than to reunite with Julian, Gareth and the entire Downton family in 2021 to bring the Crawleys home for their Fans. “

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Focus Features and Universal Pictures International will distribute.

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