“Oh, here we go,” says Maggie Smith’s inimitable Dowager Countess in the first official trailer for the Downton Abbey movie. After attendees at last month’s CinemaCon were treated to an early look, now the rest of the world is cordially invited to feast on a taste of the groundbreaking series’ feature adaptation. Check it out above (and see the UK version below). Universal Pictures International begins overseas rollout on the Focus Features title from Carnival Films with the UK on September 13; North America joins the party September 20.
On the small screen, period epic Downton ran for six years on ITV and PBS. During that time, the Crawley family had its fair share of high-profile guests at the Grantham estate. In the upcoming film, the stakes are ratcheted up as the household prepares for the arrival of the King and Queen.
The trailer starts off with some familiar nods that Downton fans will immediately warm to: The kitchen bells, clock-winding, table setting and the long drive up to the house. The first sight of the family comes when Hugh Bonneville’s Lord Grantham exclaims, “No maid, no nanny and no valet even!,” as Laura Carmichael’s Lady Edith arrives at the famed front door with husband Bertie (Harry Hadden-Paton), who chimes in, “It’s 1927, we’re modern folk!”
There’s naturally much anxiety about the impending royal visit — downstairs and up — with favorite characters all aflutter. Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) ends up calling on the retired, and reliable, Carson (Jim Carter) for his assistance.
In a wink to one of the most iconic aspects of the award-winning TV series, Smith’s Violet says to Penelope Wilton’s Isobel, “Will you have enough clichés to get you through the visit?” Isobel retorts, “If not, I’ll come to you.”
Along with the cast noted above, also starring in the film are such series stalwarts as Joanne Froggatt, Elizabeth McGovern, Allen Leech, Phyllis Logan, Lesley Nicol, Sophie McShera, Robert James-Collier, Brendan Coyle, Matthew Goode and Kevin Doyle.
Downton creator Julian Fellowes wrote the script and is producing with Gareth Neame and Liz Trubridge. Michael Engler directs.
Here’s the UK trailer, also released today, which includes a look at some more intrigue facing the Crawleys:
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