Official photos from the upcoming sequel Downton Abbey: A New Era feature some familiar faces, as well as a brand new character arriving on the scene. The original UK-made ITV series ran from 2010 to 2015 and followed the narrative of the aristocratic Crawleys and their lesser-fortuned staff at the fictional country estate of Downton Abbey. The historic show, which canvassed a period beginning in the 1910s and stretching into the 1920s, tracked down far-fetched acclaim in the US on PBS, where it became arguably significantly more popular than it was at home. Following the series’ end, a movie, also named Downton Abbey, was released in 2019. Now, a Downton Abbey movie continuation is on its way with the center characters returning, alongside some new faces.
In official stills from Focus Features, the returning cast, including Hugh Bonneville’s Robert Crawley and Michelle Dockery’s Lady Mary, are seemingly resuming their usual jobs in the house. Another image shows Edith (Laura Carmichael), Bertie (Harry Hadden-Paton), Tom Branston (Allen Leech) and Lucy (Tuppence Middleton) heading to a game of tennis. One notable feature of the new images is the rise of Guardians Of The Galaxy’s Laura Haddock, who is joining the universe of Downton and can be seen arriving in glamorous style via a retro automobile. Haddock’s job in the film’s story remains unknown, however the English-conceived actress has insight on the two sides of the Atlantic. See the first look images underneath:
Haddock is one of several major names joining the cast for this continuation. While not found in these first stills, Hannibal star Hugh Dancy and The Affair’s Dominic West are both set to appear. The plot of the spin-off remains unknown, however it looks to carry on from the past passage, which saw the Crowley’s welcome a Royal visit to Downton in 1927. Composed and delivered by original series creator Julian Fellowes, the new movie is being coordinated by Simon Curtis; the BAFTA nominated director behind My Week With Marilyn and The Art Of Dancing In The Rain. Originally slated for release this Christmas, fans will finally see what’s next for the Crawleys and their enigmatic staff when Downton Abbey: A New Era releases in theaters one year from now.