Director: Simon Curtis
Writer: Julian Fellowes
Stars: Tuppence Middleton, Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery
Nothing in life is certain, except that “Downton Abbey: A New Era 2022” is sure to bring more drama from our favorite British family. The sequel to “Downton Abbey” follows Julian Fellowes’ 2019 film and six seasons on the BBC. While plot details have been kept under wraps, we see the Crawleys visiting a new villa in the south of France, which Lady Violet (Maggie Smith) is said to have inherited. Fans are also looking forward to learning more about Violet’s past in the latest installment.
Returning stars include Michelle Dockery, Laura Carmichael, Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern and Jim Carter. Meanwhile, Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock, Nathalie Baye and Dominic West make their “Downton” debuts as new characters.
Creator Fellowes previously described the sequel as following Lady Mary (Dockery) as she takes over Lady Violet’s duties following her illness. “We’re trying to mark the change: the fact that the Crawleys of Downton are almost in the 1930s, which is just the beginning of the modern world,” Fellowes said.
The series “Downton Abbey” garnered 69 Emmy nominations during its run and won 15, with Smith winning three acting awards and the show taking home Best Miniseries or a Movie, along with awards for hair, production design, music composition, directing. , writing, cinematography. and costumes. The first film grossed over $193 million worldwide.
“A New Era,” with Simon Curtis directing. Gareth Neame, Liz Trubridge and Fellowes are all producing.
IndieWire’s review of the first film called the story a “lavish, nostalgia-fueled fairy tale” and a farewell to certain characters. “Was it worth the return to the Crawleys and their staff? Yes, because the film is an elaborate labor of love wrought that is everything ‘Downton’ fans could want, bar another season, and every penny can be seen on screen,” critic Hanh Nguyen wrote. “But more importantly, it offers a kind of happily ever after regarding the fate of the estate. Without getting too scary, the film offers the perfect way to close the doors on beloved characters before the actors age or die.”
“Downton Abbey A New Era 2022” was originally planned for a December 2021 theatrical release in December. The movie review now opens in theaters on May 20.