Downton Abbey star teases what fans can expect from A New Era

"It's a really fun film."

Downton Abbey star Michelle Dockery has teased what fans can expect from the franchise’s new film, out in March.

The film, titled A New Era, is a sequel to the first spin-off movie for Downton Abbey – where the family received a visit from the Royal Family at Downton – and will follow the family causing chaos on a trip in the South of France.

Speaking to Metro, Dockery, who plays Lady Mary, explained that the characters will be taken out of their comfort zone

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“A lot of the characters are taken out of the environment that they’re used to,” she said. “It’s really interesting to see the characters in another place. It’s a really fun film. That’s all I can tell you.”

Joanne Froggatt, Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith and Imelda Staunton are all reprising their roles from the first movie in A New Era, as writer Julian Fellows has confirmed that everyone from the first Downton film will be returning.

They will also be joined by franchise newbies Hugh Dancy, Nathalie Baye and Dominic West.

Dockery added that the filming was really fun for the cast: “It was brilliant. We’re like a big family so it’s always really fun going back, and we had so much fun. I’m really excited for audiences to see this next film.”

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Jim Carter, who plays Mr Carson, also told Metro: “I think it’s the best romp – our funniest and our most exotically beautiful in terms of where we shot it.”

Deadline has previously reported that A New Era will feature “lots of glitz and glamour and jazz” and perhaps a wedding too – though this has not been confirmed. Additionally, the release of the movie’s official trailer last month promises that we will find out more about the Dowager Countess of Grantham’s past, played by the wonderful Dame Maggie Smith, as they head to France.

A New Era was originally scheduled to premiere this Christmas, but it was pushed back to March 18, 2022 due to filming delays.

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