Downton Abbey movie: we reveal the UK release date, cast, trailer and soundtrack
17 June 2019, 15:06 | Updated: 17 June 2019, 15:59
The film adaptation of TV series Downton Abbey has been confirmed, and the new official trailer gives us a taste of what's to come from the Crawley family. Warning: contains spoilers from Season 6.
Since it first appeared on our screens in 2010, the country has been enamoured with the TV period drama Downton Abbey.
And now, a new film adaptation is confirmed to hit our screens later this year. It is expected to pick up where the most recent series (Season 6) of the TV show left off, and is already eagerly anticipated by fans.
From the cast and soundtrack to the release date, here’s everything you need to know about Downton Abbey the movie.
What’s the plot of the ‘Downton Abbey’ film?
Downton Abbey, set in early 20th-century England, follows the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and the staff who live and work in their country house.
At the end of the sixth series, it’s the year 1926. Lady Edith Crawley has just got married on New Year’s Eve, and the Bates in the servants’ quarter have just welcomed their second child. Meanwhile, Mary is expecting her second child with her new husband, racing driver Henry Talbot.
While any plot details are being kept tightly under wraps, the film’s timeline is expected to pick up a few months after the final TV episode.
Who has been cast in Downton Abbey the film?
All our favourite characters have reunited for the film, including Lord and Lady Grantham (Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern) Lady Mary Talbot (Michelle Dockery), Mr and Mrs Bates, (Brendan Coyle and Joanne Froggatt), Mr Carson (Jim Carter) and Lady Bagshaw (Imelda Staunton).
Fans have expressed their delight that Maggie Smith will also be returning to the franchise to play the (now fairly ancient) Dowager Countess, despite her comments on The Graham Norton Show last year...
“I'm glad it's over, I really am,” she said. “By the time we finished she must have been about 110. It couldn't go on and on, it just didn't make sense.”
Who will compose the soundtrack for Downton Abbey?
In the official trailer we hear snippets from the familiar theme tune of Downton Abbey, composed by John Lunn, accompanied by shots of the Crawley family’s majestic English country house.
Lunn has confirmed that the music, which we now associate with the aristocratic family and their estate of Downton Abbey, will once again take a central role in the story.
What is the release date for Downton Abbey the movie?
The film will be released in UK cinemas on 13 September, with the US release date confirmed for 20 September 2019.
We look forward to seeing what the Crawley family get up to next...