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We finally have news on the second Downton Abbey film, with the new trailer giving us some clues about what we can expect for the sequel.
You can watch the trailer below.
Yep, all our favourites are back in the second film, which has been titled Downton Abbey: A New Era.
And it seems that we’re learning more about the no-nonsense Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham, in the second film, as we get to peek into her little-known past.
In the trailer, we see Violet, played by Dame Maggie Smith, explaining: “Years ago…before you were born, I met a man.”
After a short pause, she goes on to add: “And now, I’ve come into possession of a villa in the south of France.”
It seems the Crawleys are heading to France, as the trailer teases an exotic getaway, some exciting new arrivals, and of course a wedding (Tom Branson’s second after the tragic death of Sybil).
We’re also set to learn a lot more about Violet, who cheekily adds after dropping the new house bombshell: “And with that I will say goodnight, and leave you to discuss my mysterious past.”
Having Dame Maggie Smith reprise her role as the Dowager may serve as a pleasant surprise to some fans, after the legendary actor previously cast doubt over whether she would return to the franchise.
When asked about whether she would ever return to the series before the first film announced, Smith quipped to The Hollywood Reporter: “I’m just surprised that I got to the end.”
Creator and showrunner Julian Fellowes has teased further clues about the second film.
“It's really a new era,” he told People magazine. “The further the '20s went along, the more the world was changing in so many ways. Everything from entertainment to transport was really different by the end of the '20s. That's what we're referring to in that.
“It’s an unashamedly feel-good movie.”
We cannot wait!
Downton Abbey: A New Era opens March 18, 2022.
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