There's just three months left until the Downton Abbey movie welcomes its first arrivals. And to get you ready, we've a bunch of new character posters underlining the quintessential upstairs/downstairs theme so popular in the original ITV series. Scroll down to check them out.
Scripted by series show-runner Julian Fellowes, the Downton Abbey movie picks up in-between World Wars I and II, as the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants enter a period of great change. As the estate prepares to welcome no less than the Royal Family, tensions flare between His Majesty's entourage and the familiar cast of Downton favourites.
New characters in the movie include Imelda Staunton as Lady Bagshaw, David Haig as the Royal Butler, Simon Jones as King George V and Geraldine James as Queen Mary. Tuppence Middleton and Stephen Campbell Moore are also among the new faces.
Amidst the ongoing Downton drama, several characters have moved on with their lives, including Joanne Froggatt's Anna who now has a child with Bates. "She and Mr Bates have a [son]," she tells Good Housekeeping. "She is passionate about helping Lady Mary with the running of Downton, about keeping the legacy going."
The movie also brings the retired Carson, played by Jim Carter, back into the fold. The former butler retired at the end of the final series due to health concerns, but such are the logistics of the royal visit that the Downton regulars are desperate to get him back.
"For Lady Mary to ask him to come back to serve the King and Queen, it was going burst his buttons," Carter tells The Mirror. "The trailer gives a fair indication of the film, the main incident is the arrival of the king and queen. Queen Mary and King George V come to Downton Abbey and there is all the drama, excitement and worry that entails. That is the main event but all the familiar characters are there and their foibles and their fears.
"It is similar to the TV series but it is blown up large. We have got the king’s troupe coming through on the parade and a big, big ball sequence. For the fans I think they will be very happy. It is everything people like about Downton Abbey in a two-hour film."
Downton Abbey is released on 13th September so let us know @Cineworld if you think it will resolve the saga in fine style.