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You can’t keep a good Crawley down for long.
The trailer for Downton Abbey: A New Era — which is being given its debut in the U.S. ahead of screenings of Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast — sees the Downton residents returning to their usual upper-class high jinx. There’s a wedding (driver-turned-heir Tom Branson’s second following the death of his beloved Sybil) and a seafaring adventure that takes the family to the French Riviera after a big reveal from the Dowager Countess, played by Maggie Smith.
“Years ago, before you were born, I met a man. And now I’ve come into the possession of a villa in the South of France,” the matriarch of the family explains, to which Mary (Michelle Dockery) responds in shock, “What?”
Written once again by creator Julian Fellowes and with Simon Curtis (Goodbye Christopher Robin, Woman in Gold) stepping into the director’s chair, the second movie in the franchise has somehow assembled Downton Abbey’s impressive ensemble of stars once more.
Returning castmembers include Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Dockery, Kevin Doyle, Joanne Froggatt, Harry Hadden-Paton, Robert James-Collier, Allen Leech, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Sophie McShera, Tuppence Middleton, Lesley Nicol, Imelda Staunton, Penelope Wilton and, most notably, Smith.
Smith’s appearance in the film will likely be a major source of interest, after the Dowager Countess implied that her time was coming to an end at the conclusion of the first film. She was notably kept out of the initial teaser for Downton Abbey: A New Era‘s trailer.
Joining this principal cast list for the new film are Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock, Nathalie Baye, Dominic West and Jonathan Zaccaï.
Downton Abbey: A New Era — produced again by Gareth Neame, Liz Trubridge and Fellowes for Carnival Films — is due to land in theaters on March 18, 2022. (It was originally due Dec. 22, 2021, but was pushed back.)
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