Downton Abbey is being turned into a second film after the first’s success at the box office.
And now fans will be pleased to hear that Focus features have brought the release date forward from From December to March 18, 2022.
Filming of the beloved movie began in the Essex town of Harwich in May.
Spring: Fans will be pleased to hear that Focus Features has brought forward a release date from December to March 18, 2022 (Elizabeth McGovern is cast as Lady Grantham and Hugh Bonneville as Lord Grantham ‘Downton Abbey’ Film – 2019)
Universal Pictures International will release worldwide on the same date.
The film wraps up production in August and the original cast will return with some new additions.
Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock, Natalie Bay, and Dominic West will join the main cast.
The script is directed by Downton Abbey author and Academy Award winner Julian Fellowes, BAFTA and Emmy Award nominee Simon Curtis.
Return: Universal Pictures International will release worldwide on the same date
Sequel: The film wraps production in August and the original cast will return with some new additions (Pictured Kate Phillips, Simon Jones, Geraldine James Downton Abbey – 2019)
Emmy Award winner Gareth Niamh and BAFTA Award winner Liz Trowbridge are producing with Fellowes.
Despite filming some scenes in different studios and locations, the cast and crew spend most of their time at Highclere Castle – which is Home of the 8th Earl and Countess of Carnavaron, whose family has lived there since 1679.
Just last month, movie trucks and catering marquees were seen standing up in the sprawling grounds as filming began.
The Countess of Carnarvon welcomed the decision to film the sequel at Highclere, explaining that although it saves her a lot of extra work, the hustle and bustle makes the castle “alive.”
She told the Daily Mail that when filming was taking place — February through June for all of Downton’s six series and two additional months for the film — it was off.
Constantly in the wings, show the crew how to move the furniture—”take a girl in your arms and a chair from under it”—and remind people to wipe their feet and respect the rugs.
On Set: The cast and crew spend most of their time at Highclere Castle – the home of the 8th Earl and Countess of Carnavaron, whose family has lived there since 1679 (Sophie Macshera portrayed as Daisy Mason and Leslie Nicole as Mrs. Patmore in Downton Abbey – 2019)
However, despite all the adulation, Mrs. Carnarvon is thrilled. We are all used to each other. We had a good routine. It was like a new semester in school – “Here they come!”
After all, a house like this used to be crowded and full of life. “It comes alive with people and without it things go wrong.”
A statement on the Castle website read: “We are delighted to welcome Downton Abbey back to Highclere once again. Julian and the wonderful cast and crew have become a huge part of our lives here at Highclere and we look forward to our next adventure with them.”
On filming days, the castle will be closed to the public. However, all tours of the castle and gardens already scheduled will continue.
The new photos were released after star Hugh Bonneville revealed that filming officially began last month. He shared a tweet on the site, and said, “Good to be back.”
Just last month, movie trucks and catering marquees were seen standing upright in the sprawling grounds as filming began (Allen Leech star as Tom Branson ‘Downton Abbey’ Film – 2019)
“After a challenging year with so many of us separated from family and friends, it is a huge relief to believe that better times await and that next Christmas we will be reunited with the beloved characters,” said Producer Gareth Neame.
Focus Features President Peter Kujawski said: ‘There’s no place like home for the holidays, and we couldn’t imagine a better gift than meeting Julian, Gareth and the whole family in 2021 to bring the Crowleys home for their fans. “.
In February, Hugh revealed that he had seen a script for a sequel to Downton Abbey, saying it would likely happen once Covid was “reasonably under control”.
The star, who plays Lord Grantham in the film and previous series of the once-his-time drama, has spoken of plans for another movie at The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show.
Hugh Bonneville also said he thinks audiences will enjoy another Downton movie after last year’s ‘mess’ (Pictured Penelope Wilton Downton Abbey – 2019)
“Here’s the deal, if everyone who gets a shot takes a vaccine, we can make a movie, and we’ll make a movie,” he told BBC Radio 2’s programme.
The actor, who worked as a volunteer marshal at a COVID vaccination center, told Zoe that he had seen a script for the film and added: “The planets are spinning. They are starting to get along.
There is something called the coronavirus going around and until it’s reasonably controlled, we won’t be able to get all those ducks in a row.
He added: ‘But there is certainly an intention to do so. We would like to do that. We desperately need to do this.
Hugh also said he thinks audiences will enjoy another Downton movie after “the mess we were through” last year.
Watch Downton Abbey Beloved characters Robert (Hugh) and Cora Crowley (Elizabeth McGovern) are told they will be visited by the King and Queen and that the estate should prepare for the royal visit.
However, the family has to deal with a number of setbacks and problems along the way including an attempted assassination of a suspect.
Happy to be back! Hugh took to Twitter last month to reveal he’s on set, saying: ‘It’s good to be back’
Once again: The show’s official Twitter shared additional details – announcing that the movie will be released on Christmas, but has since moved to Spring 2022.
Cast members including Matthew Goode, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Michelle Dockery, and Dame Maggie Smith have returned for the film.
The Daily Mail has revealed that Maggie Smith, who plays Violet Crowley, and French actress Natalie Baye will appear together in Downton 2.
Downton 2 will be the last cry of the Countess of Grantham’s widow. The stage lady has been delighting Downton fans since the series, created by Julian Fellowes, was released on ITV in 2010.
In the new Downton movie, Mrs. Bay will play an old friend of Violet who comes to visit. Of course, the Countess, as usual, will be surrounded by her family – including Lord Hugh Grantham and Elizabeth McGovern as his wife Cora.
Lady Mary and her husband, Henry (Matthew Judd) of Michelle Dockery will also be center stage; Together with her sister, Lady Edith, she is played by Laura Carmichael.
Lord and Lady of the Palace: The Countess of Carnarvon (pictured with the Earl) welcomed the decision to shoot the sequel at Highclere, explaining that although it saves her a lot of extra work, the hustle and bustle makes the castle “alive”
History of Highclere Castle
The current Lord and Lady Carnarvon resides full time at the stunning Highclere Castle where the six series of the popular ITV show Downton Abbey were filmed.
The first written records of the estate date back to 749 when an Anglo-Saxon king granted the estate to the Bishops of Winchester. Bishop William of Wickham built a beautiful medieval mansion and gardens in the park.
Subsequently, the mansion was rebuilt as Highclere Place House in 1679 when it was purchased by Sir Robert Sauer, Attorney General of Charles II and James II and direct grandfather of the current Earl.
In 1771, “Capability” Brown made plans to change the land, water, and symmetrical Georgian home of Highclere for the 1st Earl of Carnarvon.
In 1842, Sir Charles Barry—who was also serving in both Houses of Parliament at the time—finished his final designs for the 3rd Earl of Carnarvon, converting Highclere Place House into Highclere Castle.
The Countess’ research revealed that in 1867, the Constitution of Canada was codified into British North American law by the 4th Earl of Carnarvon and John A. MacDonald, who later became the first Prime Minister of Canada.
Highclere was used as a hospital for two years until 1916 but as the war gained momentum, medical equipment was moved to London to deal with the high casualties.
In 1922, the 5th Earl of Carnarvon discovered Tutankhamun’s tomb with colleague and trusted friend Howard Carter.
Throughout World War II, Highclere Castle was home to evacuees, whose names you can see etched into the front of the ceiling. During the conflict, military aircraft from four nations crashed into the Highclere Estate while on active duty.
The current Earl’s father was the Queen’s Racing Director from 1969 until his death in 2001.
Today, the castle is home to the 8th Earl and Countess of Carnarvon.