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A new era of ‘Downton Abbey’ is coming soon [photos]

A new era will begin when the entire Downton cast returns for the highly-anticipated sequel, ‘Downton Abbey: A New Era’.

A new era of ‘Downton Abbey’ i

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Focus Features and Carnival Films announced the new title of the highly anticipated Downton Abbey film sequel: Downton Abbey: A New Era.

Formerly titled Downton Abbey 2, the film will be released in the United States on Friday, 18 March 2022, but luckily Universal Pictures International will release internationally on the same date.

Downton Abbey: A New Era

The initial film followed a royal visit to the Crawley family and Downton staff from the King and Queen of England and ended with a ball fitting for the royal family. Now two years later, fans will be happy to know that the original principal cast have returned for the second film along with new additions Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock, Nathalie Baye and Dominic West.

The director’s chair

The screenplay is written by Downton creator and Academy-award winner Julian Fellowes, with Emmy and Bafta award-winning Gareth Neame and Emmy award-winning Liz Trubridge producing with Fellowes.

Bafta and Emmy nominated Simon Curtis (My Week with Marilyn) is directing.

“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 reunited with the much-beloved characters of Downton Abbey,” producer Gareth Neame said in a statement.

What to expect

Footage at CinemaCon revealed that the Crawley family and the Downton staff prepares for an overseas journey. Intones Jim Carter’s Mr Carson in one of the few lines of dialogue in the footage, “The British are coming.” There’s lots of glitz and glamour and jazz, as well as, evidently, a wedding. No word so far on when the teaser will drop for the public, though reports Deadline.

Earlier this year, Hugh Bonneville, who plays Robert Crawley in the series and the first film, teased the possibility of a sequel.

“Here’s the deal, if everybody who is offered a vaccine takes a vaccine, we can make a movie, we will make a movie,” he said in a February interview with the BBC, according to Variety.

“There is a thing called coronavirus knocking around, and until that is under control in a sensible way, we are not going to be able to get all those ducks in a row. Mixing my metaphors here,” he said.

“But there is certainly the intention to do it,” Bonneville added. “We would love to do it, we are desperate to do it, and I think it’s the sort of pleasurable release of a movie like the first one was, that audiences would enjoy after all of this mess we have been through.”