Production on the film continuation of popular ITV series “Downton Abbey” is officially underway with shooting have commenced according to a press release from Focus Features and Carnival Films.
The original principal cast from the acclaimed television series has assembled to return for the feature alongside creator Julian Fellowes who penned the film’s screenplay and will produce alongside Gareth Neame and Liz Trubridge. Brian Percival, who directed the series pilot, will direct the film.
Joining said cast for the movie will be the likes of Imelda Staunton, Geraldine James, Simon Jones, David Haig, Tuppence Middleton, Kate Phillips, and Stephen Campbell Moore. The television series, which ran for six seasons, followed the lives of the Crawley family and the servants who worked for them at the turn of the 20th century in an Edwardian English country home.
Gareth Neame, Carnival’s Executive Chairman and the film’s producer says: “We are excited that photography is about to start on the long-awaited film and that the beloved main characters will be joined by such exceptional actors playing new roles unique to the movie. When the television series drew to a close it was our dream to bring the millions of global fans a movie and now, after getting many stars aligned, we are shortly to go into production. Julian’s script charms, thrills and entertains and in Brian Percival’s hands we aim to deliver everything that one would hope for as Downton comes to the big screen.”
Focus Features and Universal Pictures International are set to distribute.