Fans who have gone through Downton Abbey withdrawal since the series wrapped in 2016 got their first glimpse of the highly-anticipated film adaptation of the period drama on Friday.
Although, diehard fans won’t have to worry about any spoilers just yet. The teaser trailer, which lasts just over one minute, certainly lives up to it’s promise — teasing out memories of the show with a series of stunning shots of the manor paired with the show’s memorable theme song.
The film, which will be released in September 2019, will feature much of the original cast, including Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Joanne Froggatt, Robert James-Collier, Allen Leech, Elizabeth McGovern and, of course, the irreplaceable Maggie Smith.
Watch the full teaser trailer here.
Yes, that’s right, Maggie Smith is back! One of the surprises from the upcoming film is the return of fan favourite Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham. Smith, who previously likened a movie spin-off to “squeezing it dry.” We’re glad Maggie has had a change of heart!
Although, Smith has hinted that the writers might kill her character off after the opening credits.
“I was firmly convinced it would start with the funeral [of Violet]. I thought it would be a bit like that. I could croak it. It would just start with the body. But I don’t know,” she said in an interview in April 2017.
While the trailer doesn’t give any indication of Smith’s prominence in the film, her inclusion in posters and promotional photos for the movie are a good sign.
Fans of the series can also expect a similar feel to series in the big screen adaptation. The film is written by the show’s creator Julian Fellowes and will be directed by Michael Engler, who directed numerous episodes of the series, including the 2016 series finale.