Watch: New Trailer Drops for Second 'Downton Abbey' Movie

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Monday November 15, 2021
Originally published on November 15, 2021

The next 'Downton Abbey' movie is headed back to the Roaring Twenties, to a different country, and into 'A New Era' with the release of a new trailer.

The film — a sequel to both the six-season run of "Downton Abbey" on TV and the 2019 movie — features "the return of nearly all the series regulars in a film that follows the trials and tribulations of the aristocratic family and their servants later into the 1920s," IndieWire reported. Gay character Thomas Barrow, played by Robert James-Collier, will also be back, according to Heart.

Barrow, a fan favorite, was established as gay in the first episode of the series. The character had plenty to do in the 2019 film, including visiting a gay bar and looking for love and romance at a time in history when LGTBQ+ people were criminalized in Britain (not to mention in much of the world).

"New to the cast are Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock, Nathalie Baye, and Dominic West," IndieWire detailed.

The trailer shows a moment in which the Dowager Countess of Grantham — known less formally as Violet Crawley, and played by Dame Maggie Smith — spills some juicy tea about her younger days, news that ties into the family heading for a villa in the south of France.

"They'd better be warned," Carson the butler intones. "The British are coming!"

Series creator Julian Fellowes, who wrote the first movie as well as a number of the series' episodes, told People Magazine that the new film is meant to be an "unashamedly feel-good movie."

Fellowes has returned to write the new film's screenplay. "We're trying to mark the change," Fellowes told People, "the fact that Crawleys of Downton are nearly in the 1930s, which is merely the beginning of the modern world."

The TV series was set over the span of almost a decade and a half, from 1912 to 1926, with the first film set in 1927.

"Downton Abbey: A New Era" is slated to hit screens in March 2022.

Watch the trailer below.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.