The Crawley family is coming back to screens this September! The first full-length movie trailer premiered on the “Today” show this morning.

By Emily VanSchmus
May 21, 2019

If you’ve been having Downton Abbey withdrawals, you’re not alone. Since the series finale aired in 2015, we've been re-watching the show and analyzing the Downton Abbey historical inaccuracies while patiently waiting for another glimpse into the life of the Crawley family—and today we finally got it. If you didn’t know, a Downton Abbey movie is coming to the big screen in September, and the first full-length trailer just dropped.

Cast of Downton Abbey getting out of a car
Image courtesy of Jaap Buitendijk / Focus Features.

Last December, Focus Features dropped a small teaser, but this is the first time we're seeing any dialogue between the characters. The trailer shows Lady Mary and the rest of the Crawley family preparing for a royal visit from King George V and Queen Mary.

The series’ original cast will appear in the movie; Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern, Laura Carmichael, Penelope Wilton, and fan-favorite Maggie Smith all appear in the trailer.

Cast of Downton Abbey exiting a building
Image courtesy of Jaap Buitendijk / Focus Features.

And while it doesn’t give too much of the plotline away, the trailer does set us up for a lot of potential drama. Since the film is set in 1927, there will be a two-year gap between the TV series finale and the start of the movie, which means we’ll have a lot to catch up on. We know so far that Crawley castle is preparing for the unexpected royal visit, which may be why Lady Mary is seen asking Carson to return to the estate.

We also see a return of Molesley and Daisy, and a mystery kiss for butler Thomas Barrow. Perhaps the biggest question we’re left with after watching the trailer is will Lady Mary really leave Downton? We’ll be not-so-patiently waiting until September to get our answer—and find out why the King and Queen are paying a visit.

The movie, which is written by the show's writer Julian Fellowes, was first announced last July and has been in production since September. While it's unclear if and when we should be expecting a second trailer, you can sign up to receive notifications about future trailer releases on Focus Feature's website. The film is set to hit theaters in the UK on September 13, and you can catch it in North America on September 20—so if you want to be the first to see it, start planning your trip to England now


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