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Finally, we have a release date for the Downton Abbey movie. A year from today, on September 20, 2019, the much-anticipated film follow-up to the TV series will hit theaters in the U.S. British audiences can enjoy the movie a full week ahead of that, from September 13.

It may feel like a long time to wait, but a year goes by pretty fast. Just think, we’ve been talking about Mary Poppins Returns since 2015, and all of a sudden, it’s (almost) here!

And to tide us over, cast members are already posting tidbits from the set. Last week (September 10), Michelle Dockery, who plays Lady Mary, took to Instagram to share a behind-the-scenes still from the start of filming:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnjTJImhHpR/?hl=en

Okay, so we know for a fact Dockery will be returning for the film version of DA. But who else?

According to RadioTimes, the majority, if not all, key cast members are returning, including Hugh Bonneville, Joanne Froggatt, Laura Carmichael, Lesley Nicol, Allen Leech and Elizabeth McGovern. And then there’s Matthew Goode, who’s put it on the record that he’s just “popping in” at the end.

Alas, when the movie was first mentioned, Dame Maggie Smith didn’t sound too keen on the idea. But we just couldn’t imagine Downton without the inimitable Dowager Countess, so we put out a plea. Now, it turns out she is reprising the role. Smith has already been spotted on set, in fact.

We can’t take the credit for the this, though of course, we’d like to…

DA creator Julian Fellowes wrote the screenplay for the big screen version, and Brian Percival (The Book Thief)) will direct.

So, we have the release date and a pretty comprehensive cast list. Now all we need is… a title.

Do you have any suggestions?

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By Brigid Brown