The idea of a Downton Abbey movie may not be dead, unlike many of the show’s characters.
Michelle Dockery, the actress who plays Lady Mary Crawley on the hit British soap opera, has sparked rumors of a possible movie follow-up because of some statements she made to The Telegraph on Sunday.
Reuniting with her former co-stars is something Dockery is looking forward to, should there actually be a film.
“The thing that I miss the most are my cast members,” she said. “But we are all still very close.”
In the meantime, the actress is starring in a new series called Good Behavior where she plays a thief and con artist who makes a series of bad decisions.
Her willingness to see a Downton movie comes after the series creator, Julian Fellowes, spoke to IndieWire back in May saying he wanted a movie to come together as soon as possible.
“I hope there will be a film,” Fellowes said. “There is an audience for a film. I’d structure a narrative with lots of things happening, but we would need a kind of unity to make a feature, which is a challenge for me.”
The series’ writer said he believes there’s a time limit to make the movie as everyone will have “moved on” from the six-season show after a certain point.
But before a movie can happen, Fellowes will be focusing on his next British series called Doctor Thorne, another period piece about a doctor and his penniless niece. It stars Ian McShane, Alison Brie and Tom Hollander.
Rumors of a film began circulating in March when the Mirror reported that most of the cast was lined up for a movie – all except 81-year-old Dame Maggie Smith – and that the movie was aiming for a December 2018 release.
There’s no official confirmation on whether or not a film is or will soon be in the works.