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Downton Abbey 2 is coming! Everything we know about the film sequel set to begin production this summer

Fans of Downton Abbey might be in for a treat – it looks as if plans for a film sequel are beginning to materialise beyond more than just rumours.

(Warning: Spoilers for the first Downton Abbey film below.)

When the TV period drama aired its very last episode on Christmas day in 2015, fans believed it was the last time they’d get their Crawley family fix.

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However, in 2019, the first Downton Abbey film emerged, set in 1927, with almost all of the original cast returning for its big-screen debut which raked in a whopping £152 million upon release, with a plot that involved a very special royal visit to the stately home and the upstairs-downstairs drama that followed.

So, what exactly is in store for Downton Abbey 2 and when will it be released? Here’s what we know so far

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Back in 2019, Downton producer told The Hollywood Reporter, “We’re working on what the story is, and when we might be able to make it. But it’s the same as the first time around: We have to try to get everyone back together again. And that was very challenging.” He added, “The challenge will be, is everyone available at the same time? Can we make deals with them? That will be the challenge.”

A year later, in September 2020, actor Jim Carter who plays Carson, appeared on This Morning to chat about the show’s 10th anniversary and revealed that the sequel had already been written. He said, “If you promise not to tell anyone, I’ll let you know that we’ve seen a script…The script for a second film is there. We’ve seen it, it’s very funny!” The star added, “It’s got all the same characters in, all the regular characters, and I think the will is – COVID willing – we’ll film it next year.”

In February 2021, Hugh Bonneville (aka Lord Grantham) told the Zoe Ball Breakfast Show that they were hoping to start filming after the Covid vaccine roll-out. “Here’s the deal, if everybody who is offered a vaccine takes a vaccine, we can make a movie, we will make a movie,” He continued, “It’s the usual thing. The planets are circling. They are beginning to get into alignment. There is a thing called coronavirus knocking around and until that is under control in a sensible way, we are not going to be able to get all those ducks in a row. Mixing my metaphors here. But there is certainly the intention to do it.”

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