A new teaser trailer has dropped for Downton Abbey film sequel, Downton Abbey: A New Era, and it promises a pivotal role for everybody’s favourite matriarch, the Dowager Countess of Grantham.
Played with aplomb by Dame Maggie Smith since the first series of the popular TV show in 2010, the trailer starts with Violet explaining to the Crawley family: ‘Years ago, before you were born, I met a man and now I’ve come into the possession of a villa in the south of France.’
Alongside the destination of the second film being revealed, it looks like fans will get to delve into the iconic character’s ‘mysterious past’, as she calls it, leaving the others to ‘discuss it’ when she heads off to bed at the end of the trailer.
With the sequel’s trailer teasing the ‘grandest escape of the year’, snapshots are seen of Lord and Lady Grantham (Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern) enjoying a boat trip, as well as a look at the grand villa itself and a glamorous party.
There are also glimpses of Tom’s (Allen Leech) wedding and returning characters Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery), Lady Edith (Laura Carmichael), Mr Carson (Jim Carter), Daisy (Sophie McShera), Mrs Patmore (Lesley Nicol), Lady Rosamund (Samantha Bond), Isobel Grey, Baroness Merton (Dame Penelope Wilton) and Bertie Pelham (Harry Hadden-Paton).
Carter previously hinted at the ‘cracker’ of a film’s sunny location, telling Metro.co.uk: ‘I think it’s the best romp — our funniest and our most exotically beautiful in terms of where we shot it.’
Alongside the entire cast’s return, the second film’s ranks are boosted by the addition of Hannibal’s Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock, Nathalie Baye and The Crown’s Dominic West in as-yet undisclosed roles — although Haddock is seen making a dramatic entrance in the trailer.
It was confirmed earlier this year that Downton Abbey: A New Era will arrive in cinemas on March 18, 2022.
Show creator Julian Fellowes is returning to pen the script while Simon Curtis, whose credits include My Week With Marilyn, is on directing duties.
The first movie, in 2019, followed a royal visit to the Crawley family and Downton staff.
Previously, reports claimed that the sequel would see the death of an ‘iconic’ character, with an insider telling The Sun: ‘Those who have seen the scenes said they are so emotional.
‘They will really leave fans in floods. It’s heartbreak at Highclere Castle and there won’t be a dry eye in cinemas.’
No clues have been given as to who will die, but fans are steeling themselves just in case.
Downton Abbey: A New Era is set to release in cinemas on March 18, 2022.
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