The times are a-changing at Downton Abbey. After debuting at CinemaCon in March, the full trailer for the big-screen adaptation of “Downton Abbey” was finally released Tuesday for your posh viewing pleasure.
The film picks up 18 months after the end of the Emmy-winning series in 1927. “No maid, no valet, no nanny even. It’s 1927 and we are modern folk,” Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) quips.
Everything is pretty chill and sun-kissed at the Crawley estate until they get word that King George V and his wife, Queen Mary, are coming to visit for a luncheon, a royal parade and a dinner, sending them into stressed-out prep mode (or as stressed out as aristocratic Brits can get). Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery), donning an adorable sleek bob now, recruits the only person who could pull all of this together in time: beloved butler Carson (Jim Carter).
“I’ll be there in the morningly, m’lady, don’t you worry,” he promises.
With the royal visit taken care of, there is still another concern nagging Mary and her sister Lady Edith (Laura Carmichael): Is it time for them to leave Downton? “Downton Abbey is the heart of this community and you’re keeping it beating,” Edith says.
Written by series creator Julian Fellowes and directed by Michael Engler, who helmed the show’s two-hour series finale in 2015, the film also brings back original series stars Joanne Froggatt, Matthew Goode, Allen Leech, Elizabeth McGovern and Maggie Smith, among others. New cast members include Geraldine James, Imelda Staunton, Simon Jones, David Haig, Tuppence Middleton, Kate Phillips and Stephen Campbell Moore.
“Downton Abbey” hits theaters on Friday, Sept. 20. Not a shabby release date for a potential Oscar contender. The academy, of course, is very familiar with two “Downton” bold-faced names: Smith, who’s won two Oscars and was last nominated for “Gosford Park” (2001), for which Fellowes won Best Original Screenplay.