Downton Abbey sequel gets its official title – and new release date


The Downton Abbey movie sequel has been given its official name, as well as a new release date.

Now hitting big screens in March 2022, instead of the original December date, the film will be called Downton Abbey: A New Era.

The announcement came at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, which in recent days has treated fans to private snippets of the next Matrix film and Robert Pattinson's Batman.

Downton Abbey 2 has been given its new name. Pic: Focus Features

Downton Abbey 2 has been given its new name. Pic: Focus Features

Much is still unknown about the period drama sequel, but we do know that Dame Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Jim Carter, Laura Carmichael, Michelle Dockery and Elizabeth McGovern will all return to their roles in the franchise's next chapter.

Joining the cast of the ever-popular series is Dominic West, Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock and Nathalie Baye.


CinemaCon fans got a first-look at the new film in Las Vegas, which reportedly showed clips of a wedding.

The popular show first hit screens in 2010 on ITV, and ran for five years.

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It follows the life and events of the Crawley family and their servants at their sprawling country estate in Yorkshire.

Highclere Castle in Berkshire doubles up as the franchise's iconic stately home.

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Downton mastermind Julian Fellowes is back on board to write the script for the new film, while Simon Curtis, who is known for making a number of period projects, is at the helm on directing duties.

The first film, which was largely praised by critics and fans, was about a royal visit to the Crawley estate.


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