The long rumoured sequel to Downton Abbey film has been around since the film’s 2019 release. Today Christmas comes early for fans of popular period drama, confirming those rumours are true! Downton Abbey 2 is coming just in time for Christmas 2021!
Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski announced today that Focus has set production with Gareth Neame’s Carnival Films on Downton Abbey 2. The original principal cast will all once again return for the second film which began production last week.
In addition to the original cast, Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock, Nathalie Baye and Dominic West will join the cast.
The news was also announced via their Official Twitter Feed…
We're thrilled to announce that Julian Fellowes and the entire Downton cast are back for #DowntonAbbey2, with Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock, Nathalie Baye and Dominic West joining!
See the film in theaters this Christmas. pic.twitter.com/OHopFgzqiM
— Downton Abbey (@DowntonAbbey) April 19, 2021
Downton creator Academy-Award® winner Julian Fellowes will once again write the film’s screenplay, with Gareth Neame and Liz Trubridge back to produce with Fellowes. Director Simon Curtis (My Week with Marilyn) will join the filmmaking team to direct 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. There is no info on what the new film’s plot maybe .
The 2019 film was a box office success even earning only $230 million at the box office worldwide. That maybe low compared to some films, it was apparently made on a $13 million budget!
Related: Film Review – Downton Abbey (2019)
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.”
This news will bring a smile to fans of the TV show which ended on Christmas Day 2015. That chance to see The Crawley family on the screen be it the Big screen. You wonder if they make more films could that spark another series or even spin off series?
Downton Abbey 2 is set for release Christmas 2021, the exact date will be 22nd December.