Downton Abbey 2 Officially a Go: Who's Returning? Who's Joining the Cast?

The gates of Downton Abbey will reopen once more.

Focus Features announced on Monday that Downton Abbey 2, a big-screen sequel to the 2019 film — which was itself a follow-up to the 2011-16 series — is officially happening, slated for a Christmas 2021 release in theaters.

Series creator Julian Fellowes “and the entire Downton cast” are returning for the film, as well as four new cast additions: Hugh Dancy (Hannibal), Dominic West (The Affair), Laura Haddock (Da Vinci’s Demons) and French actress Nathalie Baye. Their roles are being kept under wraps, as are plot details for the new movie.

The success of the original Downton Abbey film — which was released in September 2019 and went on to gross nearly $200 million globally — made a follow-up something of a no-brainer.

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