Downton Abbey 2: Release date, cast members and big stars confirmed for sequel

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20 Apr 2021, 10:58

Everyone's favourite period drama is back for its long-awaited movie sequel - and we've only got to wait a short while before it makes its mark on the big screen. The follow up to the 2019 film has been confirmed and it'll be hitting cinemas this Christmas 2021 for plenty of festive frolicks.

Gareth Neame, the film’s producer and executive chairman of Carnival Films said in a statement: “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 re-united with the much beloved characters of Downton Abbey.”

Writing the screenplay is creator Julian Fellowes, with producers Gareth Neame and Liz Trubridge, and director Simon Curtis.

So what can we expect from the Crawley crew?

The original cast will be back including Dame Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Matthew Goode, Laura Carmichael and Elizabeth McGovern, but there are some exciting new additions along the way too in the form of Dominic West, Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock and Nathalie Baye.

Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski said: “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.”

The plot of the new movie is yet to be released but it's sure to be a Crawley-shaped Christmas cracker.