Focus Features and Carnival Films have started principal photography for the Downton Abbey movie and announced new cast members that have joined the original principal cast from the television series.
Joining the Downton Abbey cast will be Academy Award nominee Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Pride), Geraldine James (Anne with an E, Beast), Simon Jones (The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Brideshead Revisited), David Haig (Killing Eve, Penny Dreadful), Tuppence Middleton (War and Peace, The Imitation Game), Kate Phillips (Peaky Blinders, The Crown), and Stephen Campbell Moore (History Boys, Lark Rise to Candleford).
Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes wrote the screenplay for the movie and will produce with Gareth Neame and Liz Trubridge. Brian Percival, who directed the series’ pilot, will now executive produce the movie, with Michael Engler returning to direct. Nigel Marchant will also return to executive produce.
The television series Downton Abbey 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. Over its six seasons, the series garnered three Golden Globe Awards, 15 Primetime Emmy Awards, a Special BAFTA award and 69 Emmy nominations in total, making Downton Abbey the most nominated non-US television show in the history of the Emmys – even earning a Guinness World Record for the highest-critically rated TV show along the way.
Gareth Neame, Carnival’s Executive Chairman and the film’s producer said, “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.”
The Downton Abbey movie is a Carnival Films production, with Focus Features and Universal Pictures International distributing.