Last Updated on April 19, 2021

Ready, Set, Action! “Downton Abbey 2,” the second cinematic follow-up movie to the beloved television series is happening.

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The initial ”Downton Abbey” movie followed a Royal Visit to the Crawley family  and Downton staff from the King and Queen of England and ended with a ball fitting for the Royal Family. 

Read on for everything we know so far about the sequel.

Will the original cast be back?

Yes! All the original principal cast will return for the second movie. The stars include Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Imelda Staunton and Maggie Smith.

Who else is in the cast?

In addition to the original cast, Hugh Dancy (Daniel Deronda), Laura Haddock (Upstairs Downstairs), Nathalie Baye (Catch Me If You Can) and Dominic West (The Crown) will join the cast.

Has production started?

Yes! Production on the film began in April, 2021.

When will we be able to watch Downton Abbey 2?

The second “Downton Abbey” movie is set to release Christmas 2021 on December 22, 2021. Gareth Neame, the film’s producer and executive chairman of Carnival Films said, “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.”

Who wrote the screenplay?

“Downton” creator and Academy-Award® winner Julian Fellowes will once again write the film’s screenplay, with Emmy and BAFTA Award-winning Gareth Neame and Emmy Award-winning Liz Trubridge back to produce with Fellowes.

Who is directing?

BAFTA and Emmy nominated director Simon Curtis (My Week with Marilyn, Goodbye Christopher Robin, Indian Summers, The Virgin Queen) will join the filmmaking team to direct the sequel.

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.”

Stay tuned for the first-look photos and official trailer, along with other period drama news.

The television series “Downton Abbey” is AVAILABLE to STREAM for FREE. The “Downton Abbey” movie is AVAILABLE to STREAM. Our spoiler-free review of the first “Downton Abbey” movie is here

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