Sorry To Say But Lily James Won’t Be In The ‘Downton Abbey’ Film 

Over the weekend we were gifted the news Downton Abbey would finally be reuniting its cast for a big ol’ fancy flick. The film, which will begin production in the summer, announced the news via their Twitter sending fans into a (middle class) flurry.

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Already, the one and only Dame Maggie Smith is confirmed to reprise her role as Violet Crawley. Hugh Bonneville and Michelle Dockery will also be back as Robert and Mary Crawley, respectively.

BUT, whispers around the ol’ rumoursville hinted that not all our favourite characters would be returning to the hit series and we’ve copped our first one.

Lily James, who played the delightfully rebellious Rose, has confirmed she won’t be in the new film because well… it doesn’t quite make sense.

Cast your minds back to the series and you’ll remember Rose married Atticus Aldridge (after dealing with his dick of a dad) and moved away to New York. We did see Rose and Atticus return for the 2014 Christmas Special but that was, after all, just a Christmas special.

Chatting to People Magazine James said:

“I would have loved to have come back for a scene, but for a movie it can’t be like a Christmas special and it needs to be a focused storyline.”

True, but also:

Although, James did say her and the film’s current schedules line-up so if screenwriter and original show creator, Julian Fellowes, decides to write her character in as a last minute treat, I wouldn’t be mad.

Safe to say if James isn’t returning neither will Shirley MacLaine AKA Martha Levinson AKA Lady Crawley’s mother.

If you’re keen to see what James is up to at the moment then you can catch her in the upcoming musical flick Mama Mia! Here We Go Again. If you’ve watched the first one, James plays a young Donna. 

You can suss the trailer, below:

Stellar, stellar cast.

Downton Abbey the film has yet to be given an official release date but we’ll keep you updated.