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‘Downton Abbey’ Movie First Look Shows Maggie Smith Being Feisty As Ever

‘Downton Abbey’ Movie First Look Shows Maggie Smith Being Feisty As Ever

The Downton Abbey movie is hitting cinemas next month, and as if we weren't already excited enough, another teaser clip has now been released.

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Showing Dame Maggie Smith back in her prime as Dowager Countess Crawley, the sneak peak teases drama ahead between her infamous character and Harry Potter star Imelda Staunton - who is actually married to actor Jim Carter, who plays Carson, IRL (our minds are blown too!)

Violet Crawley's sharp tongue has built her a reputation over the six seasons the show aired on the BBC, and this clip proves she won't be changing much in the film, as she patronisingly tells Imelda's character Lady Maud Bagshaw they will be having a "little chat later".

Credit: Focus Features
Credit: Focus Features

Lady Maud primly comments: "How clever of you to find me," to which Violet responds: "Well not really, I lived here 40 years".

"Is there something you want?," Maud then asks, to which Violet responds: "Just to see you're comfortable and confirm our little chat for later?"

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"I live my own life Violet. I'm not what I was, my father is gone, my husband is gone I see no reason not to do what I want," Maud continues, as Violet snaps back: "I think Lady Merton is right, we'll have it out once and for all but now I must go to her majesty."

Credit: Focus Features
Credit: Focus Features

The teaser also gives us a first glimpse at Tuppence Middleton's character, Lucy Smith, as she appears as Maud's maid.

The film, which is due for release on 19 September 2019, picks up in 1927, two years after the end of the last series, when King George V and Queen Mary request a visit to Downton.

Credit: Focus Features
Credit: Focus Features

While we don't know much else about the plot, the first trailer showed the family anxiously preparing for their prestigious guests, with Lady Mary recruiting the help of retired head butler Carson.

News of the Focus Features production, directed by TV series director Julian Fellowes, was revealed in June 2018.

Credit: Focus Features
Credit: Focus Features

It was also announced that all of the original characters members would be returning including Lady Mary Crawley (Michelle Dockery), Violet Crawley (Maggie Smith), Lord Robert Crawley (Hugh Bonneville), Lady Cora Crawley (Elizabeth McGovern), Lady Edith Crawley (Laura Carmichae), Lady Rosamund Painswick (Samantha Bond) and Charles Carson (Jim Carter).

The film will also feature some new cast members including Geraldine James as Queen Mary, Simon Jones as George V.

We thought we couldn't get any more excited, but here we are!

Featured Image Credit: Focus Features

Topics: TV News, Release date

Joanna Freedman

Joanna is a journalist at Pretty 52 who loves writing about all things food, fashion, beauty and lifestyle. She also has a particular interest in women's issues.

 

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