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

Lester

By Shel Silverstein

Lester was given a magic wish
By the goblin who lives in the banyan tree,
And with his wish he wished for two more wishes-
So now instead of just one wish, he cleverly had three.
And with each one of these
He simply wished for three more wishes,
Which gave him three old wishes, plus nine new.
And with each of these twelve
He slyly wished for three more wishes,
Which added up to forty-six -- or is it fifty-two?
Well anyway, he used each wish
To wish for wishes 'til he had
Five billion, seven million, eighteen thousand thirty-four.
And then he spread them on the ground
And clapped his hands and danced around
And skipped and sang, and then sat down
And wished for more.
And more...and more...they multiplied
While other people smiled and cried
And loved and reached and touched and felt.
Lester sat amid his wealth
Stacked mountain-high like stacks of gold,
Sat and counted -- and grew old.
And then one Thursday night they found him
Dead -- with his wishes piled around him.
And they counted the lot and found that not
A single one was missing.
All shiny and new -- here, take a few
And think of Lester as you do.
In a world of apples and kisses and shoes
He wasted his wishes on wishing.

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.