Downton Abbey 2, the second movie has just been officially announced by Focus Features today. And there is even better news… it will be in the cinemas this coming Christmas! We assuming that this is possible as, unlike many films today, it does not need a great special effects!

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Downton Abbey 2 – The Official announcement in fitting grand form! Your golden ticket?

We are informed that all the original Downton cast to return for sequel. However I believe that this may not include Maggie Smith! Along the familiar face will be new cast members including Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock, Nathalie Baye and Dominic West. Simon Curtis is again to Direct.

Downton Abbey Movie - Poster: Phyllis Logan and Jim Carter
Set to return… Elsie Carson aka Mrs Hughes (Phyllis Logan) and Charles Carson (Jim Carter), stars of the Downton Abbey Movie ©2018 Focus Features

Todays Downton Abbey 2 announcement

It was the Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski the made the announced today. He told us that Focus has set production with Gareth Neame’s Carnival Films on Downton Abbey 2.

Downton creator, and Academy-Award® winner, Julian Fellowes once again writes the film’s screenplay. Emmy and BAFTA Award-winning Gareth Neame and Emmy Award-winning Liz Trubridge back are to produce with Fellowes.  BAFTA and Emmy nominated director Simon Curtis (know also for My Week with Marilyn) will join the filmmaking team to direct the sequel.

Downton Abbey 2 Cast

The original principal cast will all once again return for the second film. In addition to the original cast, Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock, Nathalie Baye and Dominic West will join the cast.

We are also informed that new movie actually began production last week! It is set to release Christmas 2021 on December 22, 2021.

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Here is Hugh Dancy in Hysteria – Social justice crusader Charlotte Dalrymple (Maggie Gyllenhaal) hopes to enlist the support of conservative Dr Mortimer Granville (Hugh Dancy) © 2010 Hysteria Films Ltd

The initial film followed a Royal Visit to the Crawley family and Downton staff from the King and Queen of England. It ended with a ball fitting for the Royal Family.

Comments of Downton Abbey 2

In addition to the cast and crew we have two welcoming comments. Both of these are from those behind the films release.

First we have Gareth Neame, the film’s producer and executive chairman of Carnival Films. He said, “After a very challenging year with so many of us separated from family and friends, it is a huge comfort to think that better times are ahead and that next Christmas we will be re-united with the much beloved characters of Downton Abbey.”

Second we have Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski. He said, “There’s no place like home for the holidays, and we can’t imagine a better gift than getting to reunite with Julian, Gareth, and the entire Downton family in 2021. To bring the Crawley’s back home for their fans.”

Finally here are the details of the companies behind the movie’s release. Downton Abbey 2 is a Carnival Films production. Focus Features and Universal Pictures International will be distributing. Carnival Films is actually part of NBCUniversal International Studios, a division of Universal Studio Group.

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Colin Davies

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