Next September, we can all return to Downton Abbey for a brand-new story featuring some of our favorite characters. In the first teaser trailer for the Downton Abbey movie, which hits the big screen in September 2019, we get just a hint of what to expect from the feature film, which follows in the wake of six seasons of the award-winning television series.
The teaser trailer shows familiar scenes from inside the Edwardian English country house, including a service bell, someone signing their name to the bottom of a letter and someone riding a motorbike onto the property. It also reveals a list of characters who will feature in the film, including Lord and Lady Grantham (Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern), Lady Mary Talbot (Michelle Dockery), Lady Hexham (Laura Carmichael), the Dowager Lady Grantham (Dame Maggie Smith), Lady Merton (Penelope Wilton), Tom Branson (Allen Leech), Mr. Carson (Jim Carter), Mr. Barrow (Rob James-Collier), Mrs. Hughes (Phyllis Logan), Mr. and Mrs. Bates (Brendan Coyle and Joanne Froggatt), Mrs. Patmore (Lesley Nicol), Mr. Molesley (Kevin Doyle), Daisy Mason (Sophie McShera) and Miss Baxter (Raquel Cassidy).
According to Just Jared, other members of the cast include Matthew Goode, Harry Hadden-Paton, David Haig, Geraldine James, Simon Jones, Elizabeth McGovern, Tuppence Middleton, Stephen Campbell More, Kate Phillips and Imelda Staunton.
The film is set to continue the story of the Crawley family and their servants. The idea to do a film, according to executive producer Gareth Neame, came about as early as season five. Neame told Entertainment Weekly that the Downton Abbey creators wanted to end the show on a high note: “We felt we were quitting while we were ahead… We wanted to go while people still wanted more. It was a way to sweeten the pill for the millions of fans around the world — the show was coming to an end, but we hoped to put a movie together.”
Plot details are scant at this time, though Neame did offer a few teasers in his interview with EW.
“We had to do everything that all the fans wanted, but we had to do something that was fresh and original,” he said. “We wanted a kind of storyline and sense of scale and production value that exceeded even the very high production values the TV show was remembered for. On the big screen, it just had to look a little bit more lavish and a little bit bigger and better.” He added, “It’s a return to these really beloved characters and seeing them in new sets of circumstances and how they will deal with those, and hopefully, a good mix of the drama, comedy and romance that had been the mainstays of it all.”