A Second Downton Abbey Movie Is Happening
Claire Miles - April 22, 2021

Scatter Seeds Of Kindness



If you have a friend worth loving
Love him. Yes, and let him know
That you love him, ere life's evening
Tinge his brow with sunset glow
Why should good words ne'er be said
Of a friend till he is dead?

If you hear a song that thrills you
Sung by any child of song
Praise it. Do not let the singer
Wait deserved praises long
Why should one who thrills your heart
Lack the joy you may impart?

If you hear a prayer that moves you
By its humble, pleading tone
Join it. Do not let the seeker
Bow before his God alone
Why should not thy brother share
The strength of ‘two or three' in prayer?

If your work is made more easy
By a friendly, helping hand
Say so. Speak out brave and truly
Ere the darkness veil the land
Should a brother workman dear
Falter for a word of cheer?

Scatter thus your seeds of kindness
All enriching as you go
Leave them. Trust the Harvest-Giver
He will make each seed to grow
So, until the happy end
Your life shall never lack a friend

The hit movie of the 2019 holiday season, Downton Abbey, based on the series of the same name, is getting a sequel.  For those who missed it, Downton Abbey (the movie) was more upbeat than the series, which included many sudden deaths. Instead it followed the Crawley family and their servants as they prepared for a visit from King George V and Queen Mary.

 

So what will the sequel bring? More costumes, more intrigue, and a few new characters, at least. There hasn’t been a trailer drop yet, but read on for everything that’s been revealed so far. The cast is back. “The original principal cast will all once again return,” according to a press release, which we assume means everyone. The series and first film were both sprawling ensemble pieces, but as far as we’ve heard, all the actors are game to keep going, so we’re expecting Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, and the rest. There are some new faces in the mix. Though their parts haven’t been revealed, the same press release noted that Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock, Nathalie Baye, and Dominic West will join the cast. Sorry, screaming because Hugh Dancy is so perfect for this.

 

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Julian Fellowes wrote the screenplay. Fellowes created the series and wrote the screenplay for the first movie, as well as for the excellent Gosford Park. While Michael Engler directed the 2019 film, Simon Curtis (My Week With Marilyn) will be at the helm this time around. The premiere date is set. Christmastime, of course. Downton Abbey 2 is expected in theaters on December 22, 2021.