The original main cast of Downton Abbey is returning for a second film that will hit US theaters on December 22nd this year, Focus Features announced on Monday.
Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes wrote the script for the sequel and Simon Curtis (My Week with Marilyn) is the director. Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery and 86-year-old Maggie Smith will all be back, along with a few new faces including Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock, Nathalie Baye and Dominic West.
Production on Downton Abbey 2 started last week.
“After a very challenging year with so many of us separated from family and friends, it is great comfort to believe that better times are ahead and that we will be reunited with the beloved characters from ‘Downton Abbey’ next Christmas . Said producer Gareth Neame.
The 2019 film Downton Abbey, which came out three years after the series ended, grossed $ 194.3 million on a modest budget of less than $ 20 million.