Friday, August 31

Imelda Staunton to appear in Downtown Abbey Movie

Olivier Award-winning actor IMELDA STAUNTON is  joining  the cast of the big screen adaptation of the television drama, Downton Abbey joining  her husband Jim Carter (Carson the butler)  portraying  the Earl of Grantham's cousin with shooting for the film beginning on September 10th.

Othe new cast members include Geraldine James, Simon Jones, David Haig, Tuppence Middleton, Kate Phillips, and Stephen Campbell Moore with the  original principal cast, including Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, Hugh Bonneville,  set to reprise their upstairs/downstairs roles with Focus and Universal Pictures International distributing. Creator Julian Fellowes has written the film's screenplay and will also serve as producer alongside Gareth Neame and Liz Trubridge. Brian Percival (The Book Thief), who directed the series' pilot, will helm the film. Nigel Marchant will also return as executive producer.

Neame said, "When the television series drew to a close it was our dream to bring the millions of global fans a movie and now, after getting many stars aligned, we are shortly to go into production. Julian's script charms, thrills and entertains and in Brian Percival's hands we aim to deliver everything that one would hope for as Downton comes to the big screen."

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