Downton Abbey reunion movie finally has a cinema release date, and it's sooner than expected

It’s been nearly three years since Downton Abbey aired it’s final episode, which feels like an age without the Crawley family.

But, with the highly anticipated movie finally beginning production last week, the big screen version now has an official release date.

Focus Features has announced the Downton Abbey movie will hit international theatres on September 13, 2019, with a US release a week later.

“Since the series ended, fans of ‘Downton’ have long been waiting for the Crawley family’s next chapter,” said Focus chairman Peter Kujawski in a statement.

“We’re thrilled to join this incredible group of filmmakers, actors and craftspeople, led by Julian Fellowes and Gareth Neame, in bringing back the world of ‘Downton’ to the big screen next September.”

Written by the show’s creator Julian Fellowes, the film will feature original castmembers Michelle Dockery, Laura Carmichael, Joanne Froggatt , Hugh Bonnevill, Maggie Smith and Elizabeth McGovern returning.

But one person who won’t be back is Lily James as Lady Rose.

Explaining her absence, James said: “My character Rose moved off to New York, so it would be farfetched to bring her back.

“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. There was no space for Rose.”

The Downton Abbey movie hits UK theatres on September 13, 2019 and US screens a week later.

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