Focus Features has settled on a Friday, September 20, 2019 theatrical release date for Downton Abbey in North America. Universal Pictures International has set a Friday, September 13th release date internationally.
The film is a continuation of the critically acclaimed, award-winning series created by Oscar winner Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park). Fellowes wrote the screenplay and serves as a producer along with Gareth Neame and Liz Trubridge. Series veteran Michael Engler is directing the much-anticipated feature film. Nigel Marchant and Brian Percival, director of the series’ pilot, are executive producing.
“Since the series ended, fans of Downton have long been waiting for the Crawley family’s next chapter,” stated Focus chairman Peter Kujawski. “We’re thrilled to join this incredible group of filmmakers, actors and craftspeople, led by Julian Fellowes and Gareth Neame, in bringing back the world of Downton to the big screen next September.”
The Downton Abbey film reunites original principal cast members Hugh Bonneville, 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 cast members include 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).
The Downton Abbey movie is produced by Carnival Films, and will be released by Focus Features and Universal Pictures International.
Details on Downtown Abbey, Courtesy of Focus Features:
“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.”