After over one year of speculation, an untitled Downton Abbey-based movie was confirmed on Jul 13, 2018 by Focus Features. There was first mention of the movie by president of NBC Universal International Studios, Michael Edelstein, on June 21, 2017 at a red carpet event in Singapore called Downton Abbey: The Exhibition.[1] Julian Fellowes confirmed earlier in mid June 2017 he has been working on a script.[2]

On October 2, 2017, the Downton Abbey Facebook account posted a teaser that could be related to a movie announcement,[3] but it turned out to be an announcement for Downton Abbey: The Exhibition in New York City starting November 18, 2017.[4]

At a press event in London on October 3, 2017, Julian Fellowes did not inspire confidence when he said he was "completely out of the loop" on the progress of a film.[5]

At the end of 2017, an interview with Phyllis Logan (Mrs. Hughes), suggested the wheels were turning for a movie, since cast members were asked to clear their calendars for some part of 2018 and an updated script was to be distributed.[6] Also, Highclere Castle is scheduled to be closed from May 30 to July 7, 2018[7] which some are speculating means it has been reserved for filming.

Dame Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, and Hugh Bonneville have all been confirmed to appear in the film. [8]

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