Focus Features and Carnival delivered an early Christmas present to Downton Abbey fans with the release of a teaser trailer. The one minute trailer shows the house being readied for the return of the Crawley family. The series’ theme music along with clips of the servants uncovering furniture greet fans of the series in the short teaser.
The cast of the film inspired by the critically acclaimed series is led by Hugh Bonneville. Returning cast members also include Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Kevin Doyle, Joanne Froggatt, Matthew Goode, Harry Hadden-Paton, Robert James-Collier, Allen Leech, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Sophie McShera, Lesley Nicol, Penelope Wilton, and two-time Academy-Award winner Maggie Smith (California Suite, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie).
New to the Downton Abbey world are Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Pride), Geraldine James (Anne with an E, Beast), Simon Jones (The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Brideshead Revisited), David Haig (Killing Eve, Penny Dreadful), Tuppence Middleton (War and Peace, The Imitation Game), Kate Phillips (Peaky Blinders, The Crown), and Stephen Campbell Moore (History Boys, Lark Rise to Candleford).
Series creator Julian Fellowes wrote the script and Michael Engler directed the feature film adaptation. Fellowes also served as a producer along with Gareth Neame and Liz Trubridge.
Focus Features and Carnival are targeting a September 20, 2019 theatrical release date.
“The television series Downton Abbey followed the lives of the Crawley family and the servants who worked for them at the turn of the 20th century in an Edwardian English country house. Over its 6 seasons, the series garnered 3 Golden Globe Awards, 15 Primetime Emmy Awards, 69 Emmy nominations in total, making Downton Abbey the most nominated non-US television show in the history of the Emmys – even earning a Special BAFTA award and a Guinness World Record for the highest critically rated TV show along the way.”