We are but a couple of months away from the Downton Abbey movie and to prepare us mere peasants, the film has released four new promotional posters. This may not sound like much, compared to a trailer, but it’s enough to make you straighten your damn posture.

Downton Abbey introduces us to the Crawley family and the servants who work at the lavish big-ass house. There’s drama – people die, people cry, and scandalous babies are born.

The show’s main cast including Michelle Dockery (Mary Crawley), Laura Carmichael (Edith Crawley), and Elizabeth McGovern (Cora Crawley) will return as will a handful of familiar faces. The all-powerful series creator Julian Fellow penned the film’s script and Michael Engler directed.

So, what can you expect? Well, according to Vanity Fairthe film will take place in 1927 – about a year and a half after the events in the final season – where the family are preparing for a mystery event.

This occasion is said to be so special, the Crawley’s have asked their former and most loyal butler Carson (Jim Carter) to return. In the final episode, Carson resigns after showing some symptoms of palsy. Thomas Barrow (Rob James-Collier) – his scheming days behind him – takes over as Head Butler and Carson remains in service as a sort of supervisor.

“When this event happens and all hands are needed on deck, [Carson’s] called into service, and he becomes part of the success story,” Engler teased. 

On Twitter, Downton Abbey shared a couple of promotional posters from the film. Sisters Mary and Edith make an appearance as does Barrow.

Expect to see  the beloved Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Imelda Staunton, Penelope Wilton, Brendan Coyle, Kevin Doyle, Joanne Froggatt, Matthew Goode, Allen Leech, Harry Hadden-Paton, David Haig, Geraldine James, Simon Jones, and Phyllis Logan – among more – in the film.

Unfortunately, Lily James – who starred as the rebellious but lovely Rose – will not be appearing in the film since her character’s story took her to New York with husband Atticus Aldridge. 

Downton Abbey the movie is slated for release this September.

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