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Maggie Smith Will Appear in the New Downton Abbey Film as the Dowager Countess

Despite her own comments to the contrary.
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The Downton Abbey film won't be devoid of the Dowager Countess and her quippy one-liners after all.

People reports that sources close to the film have confirmed "Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, Laura Carmichael, Joanne Froggatt, Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern are all reprising their roles."

The news comes as something of a surprise given Smith's previous negative comments about a potential film adaptation of the show.

When asked on the Graham Norton Show if she was glad her time as the Crawley matriarch was over, Maggie Smith said, "Oh yeah."

"By the time we finished, [The Dowager Countess] must have been about 110. It couldn’t go on and on, it just didn’t make sense," she continued.

Watch that clip below:

She also stated her lack of enthusiasm for the project in an interview with the British Film Institute.

"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."

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In that same conversation, Smith suggested the movie might start with her character's wake.

I was firmly convinced it would start with the funeral,” she said. “I could croak it. It would just start with the body. But I don’t know." 

Plot points for this film have yet to be shared publicly, so I suppose they haven't ruled that out.

While Smith is definitely in, there's at least one cast member who will not be in the film adaptation. Actress Lily James, who played Lady Rose in the latter seasons of the show, confirmed this week that she will not appear in the movie.

“My character Rose moved off to New York, so it would be farfetched to bring her back,” she told People.

“I would have loved to have come back for a scene, but for a movie, it can’t be like a Christmas special and it needs to be a focused storyline,” she said. “There was no space for Rose.”

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This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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