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Is This Proof That a Downton Abbey Film Is Actually Happening?

Plus, the one character who definitely won't be in it.
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Just when viewers have been coming to terms with the end of the Crawley family story, it seems like a Downton Abbey film is actually happening. Last year, show creator Julian Fellowes hinted that a movie was "quite likely," giving hope to millions of fans.

"At the risk of starting a rabbit out of its hole," he said, "I think it's quite likely that there will be a film, and so we'll revisit them all at least one more time, but there won't be any more television, that's done."

Cue the mild heart palpitations.

Now, he appears to be keeping his word. According to the Sun, producers are starting to hire both crew and accountants to work on the project, which will reportedly begin filming in September.

A budget is reportedly in place, and Fellowes has also completed a script for the film.

"I think it would be a continuation of the same story," he said, when asked about what period the film would be set. "So that you have a kind of payoff for having watched all those series...I want to keep it within the age range, we cast the girls several years older than their parts, in case the show ran, and it did. So now they're almost the same age, at the very end I think Michelle [Dockery] was something like 31 and Mary was 33, so they're almost the same and I wouldn't want to make too great a divergence of that, I think it adds to the believability that the characters have, in a sense, grown old in pace with the show."

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Sadly, the one thing we do know is the Dowager Countess won't be in the picture. Back in October, Maggie Smith said pretty definitively that she wouldn't appear in any Downton Abbey spin-offs. "I can't," she told Graham Norton. "What age would I be?"

And in an interview with the British Film Institute, the actress suggested the movie could begin with Lady Grantham's funeral.

"I just think it's squeezing it dry, do you know what I mean?" she said. "I don't know what it could possibly be. It was so meandering, what would you [do]? Anyway that's not my problem. That's the Lord's problem." (The Lord, in this case, being Downton creator Julian Fellows.)

Fair point, but what does the world of Downton sound like without her famous one-liners? Fans will just have to wait and see.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.

* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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