Four new character posters for Focus Features and Carnival Films’ release of the first Downton Abbey movie are here to remind us just how poor we are. But rich, perhaps, in that we are getting this movie at all. Though the series wrapped things up in a very satisfying way, it’s never a problem to return to this lush, gorgeous world, especially when rapidly changing times could signal a change in how the household staff are managed — if household staff are to remain at all.
All of our favorites who live and breathe are set to return for the movie, alongside new additions Imelda Staunton (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix), Geraldine James (Anne with an E), Simon Jones (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy), David Haig (Killing Eve), Tuppence Middleton (The Imitation Game), Kate Philips (The Crown), and Stephen Campbell Moore (History Boys), among others. By the looks of the posters, Lady Mary is still fully living the flapper life, while Lady Edith is embracing a more traditional show of wealth with her new hubby and title. Barrow also makes an appearance here with his wounded hand which, for just one moment I thought were brass knuckles which was very exciting.
As we reported when the first teaser trailer dropped, Julian Fellowes, who created and wrote Downton Abbey, penned the screenplay for the film, and while it was initially announced that Brian Percival—who directed the Downton Abbey pilot and various episodes as well as feature films like The Book Thief—would be helming the Downton Abbey movie, he stepped back to an executive producer role and veteran TV director Michael Engler took the helm instead. Engler directed four episodes of Downton Abbey in total, including the Season 6 Christmas Special/series finale, so he’s no stranger to this material.
The film hits theaters on September 20, 2019 and also stars Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Kevin Doyle, Joanne Froggatt, Matthew Goode, Harry Hadden-Paton, David Haig, Geraldine James, Robert James-Collier, Simon Jones, Allen Leech, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Sophie McShera, Tuppence Middleton, Stephen Campbell Moore, Lesley Nicol, Kate Phillips, Maggie Smith, Imelda Staunton, and Penelope Wilton. Check out the posters below:
Here’s the official synopsis for Downton Abbey:
The television series Downton Abbey followed the lives of the Crawley family and the servants who worked for them at the turn of the 20th century in an Edwardian English country house. Over its 6 seasons, the series garnered 3 Golden Globe Awards, 15 Primetime Emmy Awards, 69 Emmy nominations in total, making Downton Abbey the most nominated non-US television show in the history of the Emmys – even earning a Special BAFTA award and a Guinness World Record for the highest critically rated TV show along the way.