Rejoice: We're Getting a DOWNTON ABBEY Movie

Maggie Smith in series six of Downton Abbey

Maggie Smith in series six of Downton Abbey

The principal cast - including Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Dame Maggie Smith and the rest - have reportedly all signed on to reprise their roles in the upcoming feature.

The outlet notes that "not every recurring character" will appear in the Downton Abbey film - which is understandable considering that the series' main, recurring character, and guest cast lists rival the size of Game of Thrones'.

Details about the plot haven't been released, but series creator Fellowes has written the screenplay and will produce the film.

No, I'm not referring to "Gosford Park", the upstairs-downstairs movie that Julian Fellowes wrote years before he created "Downton Abbey".

Gareth Neame, the film's producer, said, "Now, after getting many stars aligned, we are shortly to go into production". The movie will begin production later this summer.

"Since the series ended, fans of Downton have always been waiting for the Crawley family's next chapter", said Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski.

It was always in the series' nature to end things on a jaw-dropping note - Anna (Froggatt) getting arrested at the end of season 5 is a standout - so fans getting their theory-making minds churning by greasing them up with the idea that perhaps the Downton Abbey movie will open on a dramatic reveal seems like an a-okay thing to do. "Julian's script charms, thrills and entertains and in Brian Percival's hands we aim to deliver everything that one would hope for as Downton comes to the big screen". Brian Percival (The Book Thief), who directed the series' pilot, will helm the film.

A film exploring the next chapter of the Crawley family has always been rumored ever since the series made its final bow in 2015 after six decorated seasons. It won three Golden Globes and 15 Emmys from 69 nominations, according to The Guardian.

Not surprisingly, Downton is the most nominated non-US show in the history of the Emmy Awards and was shown in more than 250 territories worldwide.

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