Downton Abbey: A New Era – Release Date, Cast, and Plot

Downton Abbey: A New Era is the follow-up to the wildly successful 2019 Downton Abbey film, which is in itself a run from the iconic Television series. The movie is set to be helmed by Simon Curtis and penned by Julian Fellowes.

Fans will be pleased to learn that all of the main cast members, including Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, and Elizabeth McGovern, will return for the Downton Abbey sequel. In addition, a slew of new members of the cast, including Dominic West, have been revealed.

The shooting for the much anticipated historical movie did take place in 2021. And, more excitingly, we now understand when the film, previously known as Downton Abbey 2, will be released, and the very first trailer has been released online.

Release date of Downton Abbey: A New Era

Focus Features confirmed in April 2021 that a Downton Abbey sequel film will be released in theatres this Christmas. “After a very challenging year with so many of us separated from family and friends, it is a huge comfort to know that better times are ahead and that next Christmas we will be reunited with the much-loved characters of Downton Abbey,” the film’s producer, Gareth Neame, said in a statement. However, in July 2021, the launch date was postponed to March 18, 2022.

Cast Members of Downton Abbey: A New Era

Julian Fellowes created Downton Abbey: A New Era, which is directed by Simon Curtis.

The majority of the main cast members from the sequence and the first film return for the sequel. (According to Focus Features, “the original principal cast will all return for the second film.”) Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock, Nathalie Baye, and Dominic West will indeed appear on the show as new characters.

Hugh Bonneville – Robert Crawley

Michelle Dockery – Lady Mary Talbot

Laura Carmichael – Edith Pelham

Elizabeth McGovern – Cora Crawley

Maggie Smith – Violet Crawley

Allen Leech – Tom Branson

Jim Carter – Charles Carson

Joanne Froggatt – Anna Bates

Lesley Nicol – Beryl Patmore

Sophie McShera – Daisy Mason

Penelope Wilton – Isobel Grey

Phyllis Logan – Elsie Carson

Robert James-Collier – Thomas Barrow

Samantha Bond – Lady Rosamund Painswick

Harry Hadden-Paton – Bertie Pelham

Michael Fox – Andy Parker

Imelda Staunton – Lady Maud Bagshaw

Matthew Goode – Henry Talbot

Douglas Reith – Dickie Grey

Kevin Doyle – Joseph Molesley

Tuppence Middleton – Lucy Smith

Laura Haddock – Myrna Dalgleish

The plot of Downton Abbey: A New Era: When is it premiering?

For the forthcoming sequel, “we’re trying to mark the change,” director/creator  Julian Fellowes revealed. “It’s really a new era. The further the 20s went along, the more the world was changing in so many ways.”

He further continued: “As we know from the last film, Mary may not be the titular head of the household, but she is effectively running the show. We take that further.”

And if you haven’t watched the trailer, Downton Abbey: A New Era trailer disclosed a slew of important plot points. Violet Crawley (Maggie Smith) says in a hilarious scene, “Years ago before you were born, I met a man…” Her son Robert (Hugh Bonneville) is appropriately taken aback by this discovery. 

She then reveals that the unknown man has gifted her with a French villa! Lady Mary exclaims, “What?!?” (Michelle Dockery).

So we understand the Crawleys will be leaving for a new journey in France. And they surely appear to be having a good time.

When it comes to the release date, Downton Abbey: A New Era is slated to premiere in the UK on April 29, 2022, by Universal Pictures, and in the US and Canada, the movie will be out on May 20, 2022 by Focus Features.

Downton Abbey: A New-Era: Is the trailer out?

Yes, the trailer is officially out.  The trailer was unveiled at the Cinemacon in August 2021. The short clip includes wedding scenes. So, who’s tying the knot? It’s widower Tom Branson (Allen Leech) and maid Lucy Smith, to be exact (Tuppence Middleton). The cast list mentions a Lucy Branson, so we know the wedding goes off without a hitch. Here’s the trailer below:




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