Downton Abbey fans will enjoy Christmas with the Crawleys once again, as Downton Abbey 2 is in production and set for Dec. 22, 2021 release.
Per Focus Features and Carnival Films, the original principal cast from the first film — including Hugh Bonneville, Jim Carter, Laura Carmichael and Michelle Dockery — who starred together on the Downton Abbey TV series, will reprise their roles for the sequel movie, which began production last week.
Peter Kujawski, chairman of Focus Features, added: “There’s no place like home for the holidays, and we can’t imagine a better gift than getting to reunite with Julian, Gareth and the entire Downton family in 2021 to bring the Crawley’s back home for their fans.”
While the premise has not yet been revealed, fans have speculated whether the latest installment in the Crawley saga will include another royal visit, as happened in the 2019 film.
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Filmmaker Simon Curtis (My Week With Marilyn) is set to direct. Julian Fellowes will return to write the screenplay alongside Emmy and BAFTA Award-winning writer Gareth Neame. Carnival Films, of which Neame is executive chairman, is set to co-produce the feature with US distributor Focus Features.
“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,” said Neame, according to Variety.
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