Rejoice, Downton Abbey Fans! The Movie Is Officially Happening

Yes, Maggie Smith has signed on.

Rejoice, Downton Abbey Fans! The Movie Is Officially Happening

Yes, Maggie Smith has signed on.

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Ever since the series ended in 2015, Downton Abbey fans have been breathlessly waiting for a long-promised feature film. But getting the entire cast together was never going to be easy, especially since so many of the stars have gone on to other major film projects.

Last summer, NBCUniversal president Michael Edelstein said that, “‘We are working on getting the script right and then we’ve got to figure out how to get the (cast) together. Because as you know, people go on and do other things. But we’re hopeful to make a movie sometime [in 2018].” Which, in the film business, could have meant years.

But, on Friday morning, the official Instagram account of the beloved Crawley house finally made the big announcement:

The film has finally officially been green-lit, and production is due to begin this summer with Focus Features.

Plot details are still being kept very tightly over wraps, but there’s one very important detail that you can already throw your hats into the air over: Maggie Smith has signed on to reprise her role as Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham. This is huge, because she was previously the only cast member reticent about doing a movie version, under the premise that her character would have to be immortal in order to continue the storyline.

Given that stubborn people have been prove to live longer, we have no problem believing the quick-witted dame will be still be around.

And for more great Hollywood coverage, check out 30 Movie Facts That Will Blow Your Mind.

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