The Downton Abbey movie is set to hit theaters in North America on Sept. 20, 2019, via Focus Features, it was announced Wednesday. The film will be released internationally by Universal Pictures International a week earlier on Sept. 13.
Its domestic release date pits the British aristocrats of stately Downton Abbey against Warner Bros.’ 1970s-set crime tale The Kitchen, starring Elisabeth Moss, Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish, and Universal’s Little, starring Marsai Martin as a woman who gets to relive life as her younger self, which are both currently slated for Sept. 20.
The Downton Abbey movie will star the original principal cast from the TV series, which ran for six seasons on PBS’ Masterpiece Theater, including Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Kevin Doyle, Joanne Froggatt, Matthew Goode, Harry Hadden-Paton, Robert James-Collier, Allen Leech, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Sophie McShera, Lesley Nicol, Penelope Wilton and winner Maggie Smith, as well as new castmembers Imelda Staunton, Geraldine James, Simon Jones, David Haig, Tuppence Middleton, Kate Phillips and Stephen Campbell Moore.
Julian Fellowes, who created Downton Abbey and wrote the film’s screenplay, is producing alongside Gareth Neame and Liz Trubridge. Michael Engler is set to direct. Brian Percival, who helmed the series’ pilot, is executive producing alongside Nigel Marchant. The movie is being produced by Carnival Films.
“Since the series ended, fans of Downton have long been waiting for the Crawley family’s next chapter,” Focus chairman Peter Kujawski said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to join this incredible group of filmmakers, actors and craftspeople, led by Julian Fellowes and Gareth Neame, in bringing back the world of Downton to the big screen next September."