Christmas has come early for Downton Abbey fans with the news today that Focus Feature and Carnival Films has started production on Downton Abbey 2.

Production of Downton Abbey 2 began last week with the original cast (Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Maggie Smith and more) all set to return, as well as new additions Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock, Nathalie Baye and Dominic West joining the cast.

Downton creator Academy-Award winner Julian Fellowes will once again write the film’s screenplay, with Emmy and BAFTA Award-winning Gareth Neame and Emmy Award-winning Liz Trubridge back to produce.  BAFTA and Emmy nominated director Simon Curtis (My Week with Marilyn) will be directing the sequel.

The initial film followed a Royal Visit to the Crawley family and Downton staff from the King and Queen of England and ended with a ball fitting for the Royal Family. Details for the sequels plot are yet to be announced.

Gareth Neame, the film’s producer and executive chairman of Carnival Films said, “After a very challenging year with so many of us separated from family and friends, it is a huge comfort to think that better times are ahead and that next Christmas we will be re-united with the much beloved characters of Downton Abbey.”

Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski said, “There’s no place like home for the holidays, and we can’t imagine a better gift than getting to reunite with Julian, Gareth, and the entire Downton family in 2021 to bring the Crawley’s back home for their fans.”

Like the original series, Downton Abbey the film was a global success, reviewing positive praise and grossing roughly $194 million worldwide. Downton Abbey 2 will be released in cinemas on the 22nd December 2021, so start planning your outfits now.

More on the film as it’s announced.

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