'Downton Abbey' Movie Teaser Reopens Doors to Crawley Family Residence

Highclere Castle has been given a thorough dusting ahead of the film's September 2019 release.

Three years after Downton Abbey drew to a close on TV screens, the first glimpse at its upcoming big-screen spinoff — due for release in fall 2019 — has been revealed. 

The minute-long teaser to the Focus Features and Carnival Films production may have been free from any of the Crawley family, but the first look showed a new chapter unfolding at Downton Abbey — otherwise known as Highclere Castle — with curtains being opened, dusty white sheets removed from furniture and a special, hand-written invitation being prepped. 

The Downton Abbey film was officially announced in July after years of speculation, with production kicking off later in the summer. The original principal cast from the TV series that 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, Douglas Reith, Harry Hadden-Paton, Robert James-Collier, Allen Leech, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Sophie McShera, Lesley Nicol, Penelope Wilton and Maggie Smith — have all returned.

New castmembers include 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 screenplay, is producing alongside Gareth Neame and Liz Trubridge. Michael Engler directed the film, while Brian Percival, who helmed the series’ pilot, is executive producing alongside Nigel Marchant.