‘Downton Abbey’ trailer: Oscar #3 for Maggie Smith?

Downton Abbey” will be back but on the big rather than small screen. The long-awaited film version of this Emmy-winning drama series is not set for release till next fall. But awards powerhouse Focus Features just dropped the first teaser trailer.

Julian Fellowes who created the series and wrote every one of the 52 episodes, has been tight-lipped about potential spoilers. He won an Oscar in 2002 for his original script for “Gosford Park.” That film by Robert Altman was also set in an English country house, albeit in the 1930s, and featured Maggie Smith in an Oscar-nominated turn as a doughty dowager.

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Fellowes and Smith reunited on “Downton Abbey.” He claimed a pair of Emmys for writing and producing while she picked up three of TV’s top honors for her scene-stealing role as the domineering duchess. Dame Maggie already has two Oscars and could well win her third for reprising this role on the big screen. The rest of the cast returned for the film, which was directed by Michael Engler, who helmed the final episode of the series back in 2015. Gareth Neame, who produced this elaborate costume drama, oversaw the film as well.

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