If you are into your period dramas, you will have no doubt seen at least some of Julian Fellowes' television series Downton Abbey, which first aired here in the UK back in 2010. You may well have even watched the spinoff film of the same name which premiered in 2019, with all the major cast reprising their roles. A second spinoff film has been in the pipe line for quite some time, but as we all know the pandemic has caused quite a ruckus these past two years and production was delayed.
Well good news has arrived! Just yesterday, Hugh Bonneville (who plays the Earl of Grantham) confirmed via Twitter that the second film, Downton Abbey: A New Era, will be premiering on the 29th of April here in the UK and on the 20th of May in North America. He rather jovially apologised for not knowing when it would be released for the rest of the world, but he did share two new posters for the film and announce that fans will be treated to a brand new trailer at some point today.
Without giving you too many spoilers, it has been confirmed that the film will see the introduction of several new characters, two of which will be played by English actors Laura Haddock and Dominic West. The last film closed with the Dowager, played by the iconic Maggie Smith, telling her granddaughter Mary she was unwell and indicating that she may not have long left to live. Thankfully, we see her make a cameo in the first trailer, so we can expect more humorous bickering between the Dowager and Isobel, Mary's former mother in law.
Will you be making a trip to the cinema to see the new film? We are certainly keen to see what happens next, after six seasons and a film we ought to be invested! It will be interesting to see if the addition of Downton to Netflix just a few months back has boosted its popularity, just in time for the premiere!