A first look at the return to the grand finery of Downton Abbey has been revealed at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, where the sequel to the original film, named Downton Abbey: A New Era, has been shown off.
Set to be released on March 18th 2022, the teaser footage reunites audiences with the Crawley family and other Downton Abbey staff as they prepare for a journey overseas. “The British are coming,” Jim Carter’s Mr Carson announces in one of the trailers few lines of dialogue, featuring stylish glamour and evidence of an imminent wedding.
Including Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Laura Charmichael returning for the second film, new additions to the cast include Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock, Nathalie Baye and Dominic West. With a screenplay written by the original series creator and Oscar winner for Gosford Park, Julian Fellowes, the BAFTA and Emmy-nominated Simon Curtis is directing.
The original British period drama became a global sensation upon its release in 2010, with the series’ feature film adaptation bringing in $237.9M at the worldwide box office.
Released as part of the showcase from Focus Features, the production company also showed off new footage for Edgar Wright’s psychological thriller Last Night In Soho which is due to premiere at the Venice Film Festival, as well as Robert Eggers’ thriller The Northman.
In the introduction for the brand new footage for his film, Edgar Wright stated he was “responsible for pushing Last Night In Soho into the fall” due to the fact that he wanted the film to be seen on the big screen. Meanwhile, Kenneth Branagh also showed off new footage of his monochrome drama Belfast, set in Ireland during the tumultuous 1960s. The director reported, the film has “a lot of Irish humour” and celebrates “the glories of community”.
Take a look at the trailer for the original film below.