Ahead of its impending 2022 release date, a selection of first look photos for the upcoming film Downton Abbey: A New Era has just been released.
Set between 1912 and 1926, Downton Abbey had a six-season run that began in 2010. This critically acclaimed historical drama follows the lives of the British aristocratic Crawley family and their servants. After the series came to an end in 2015, the first film was released in 2019. It took place in 1927, detailing a visit by the King and Queen to the Crawley’s English country house in the Yorkshire countryside.
In an interview with PEOPLE, creator Julian Fellowes said that A New Era will pick back up where the previous film left off. The plot largely remains a mystery, but as per Fellowes, audiences can expect an “unashamedly feel-good movie.”
Check out the photos below.
The entire main cast will be returning for the film, and new additions will include the likes of Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock, Nathalie Baye, and Dominic West.
It has also been revealed that the film’s teaser trailer will exclusively debut in theaters before Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast this weekend! Based on the clip below, it looks like Allen Leech’s Tom Branson will finally get his own happy ending once and for all with Tuppence Middleton’s Lucy Smith — a character introduced in the 2019 film.
While the 15-second clip above reveals some small tidbits from the film, many questions still remain. Where is Henry and why is he absent from the family photo? Where is our beloved Violet Crawley? And will we hopefully see more of the romance that was teased between Thomas Barrow and the King’s valet Richard in the 2019 film?
Stay tuned for more news! Downton Abbey: A New Era will hit theaters on March 18, 2022.