The 'Downton Abbey' Movie Will Be 'Elevated', Says Joanne Froggatt

Though the Downton Abbey movie is just six months away now, we still know very little about it. The first teaser trailer, released in December, reminded us of the glorious stately home that gives the show and spin-off film its name, but doesn't actually show any of the actors.

So it's exciting to hear a few teasers from Joanne Froggatt, who reprises her Emmy-nominated role as lady's maid Anna Bates in the eagerly-anticipated movie.

In a new interview with the U.K.'s Sunday Telegraph, Froggatt said that the film is full of “romance, fun, surprises, sadness and intrigue. Everything people want, but elevated.”

She also confirmed that Anna's two most significant relationships – with Brendan Coyle's Mr Bates her husband, and Michelle Dockery's Lady Mary, her employer – are still very much going strong.

“Anna is in a really good place. She and Mr Bates have a baby boy, now 18 months old. She is passionate about helping Lady Mary with the running of Downton, about keeping the legacy going,” Froggatt added.

The legacy of Downton Abbey, the hugely successful U.K. period drama, looks to be in safe hands. The upcoming movie has been written by the show's creator Julian Fellowes and directed by Michael Engler, who helmed four episodes of the show including its 2016 finale.

The cast includes returning favorites Dame Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Dame Penelope Wilton, Laura Carmichael, Lesley Nicol, Allen Leech, and Elizabeth McGovern, plus Imelda Staunton, who is playing a new character called Lady Bagshaw, and Geraldine James, who will play Queen Mary.

Downton Abbey opens in the U.K. on September 13 and in U.S. theaters on September 20.

Are you excited for the Downton Abbey movie?