Watch: The cast of Downton Abbey: A New Era discuss a possible sequel
The doors have only just opened for Downton’s second film — Downton Abbey: A New Era – but everyone is already asking the same question. Will there be a third?
And when the cast members spoke to Yahoo ahead of the sequel’s arrival, it was clear that they would all be keen on making a sequel. Whether that will happen has yet to be confirmed, but actor Robert James Collier, who plays Downton’s butler Barrow, has broken ranks with his own thoughts on possible future movies.
Speaking about his character, he described how the closed Barrow is “gradually becoming more comfortable with who he is, and hopefully he can find happiness.”
He then added, “And hopefully if he finds it, he’ll come back in the third film and establish his happiness there and let everyone at the Abbey know how happy he is. And so on until the fourth. And the fifth!
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He also seemed determined about a threesome, regardless of the audience’s reaction to this latest film. “I would definitely be up for that! Even if no one was watching this one, we’d be like “Damn y’all, we’re doing a third one anyway!” »
His imagination even stretched to Yahoo having a front row seat at the very first showing. “Do you know why? Because I’m one of the few people with a yahoo email account. I stand in solidarity with you!
Watch a trailer for Downton Abbey: A New Era
Other cast members haven’t speculated so much, with Penelope Wilton, who plays Isobel Merton, summing up their thoughts by saying, “It depends on how this one goes. We can’t count our chickens. But it’s up to Julian [Fellowes] really. »
Elizabeth McGovern, better known to fans as Cora Crawley, was particularly enthusiastic about the idea. “I’m so proud that we’ve done the near impossible, which is to make a sequel that I think surpasses even the first in its entertainment, fun, humor and pathos.
“But it’s hard to imagine maintaining that level. For me, I hope we would be able to do something as good as what we did before, instead of just doing it again for fun. ”
And Hugh Bonneville, who plays her on-screen husband, the Earl of Grantham, was positive about the success of the new film. ” It’s like Godfather 2, ” he said. ” Or Paddington 2! ” he said. He is one of the stars of the sequel to Peru’s Darkest Little Bear.
Michelle Dockery’s take on a threesome was what fans would expect from the Lady Mary practice. “I need a new roof, so..! »
Downton Abbey first hit TV screens in 2010. Created and written by Julian Fellowes, the drama’s high/low format echoed his Oscar-winning screenplay for Robert Altman Gosford Park (2001) and was an overnight hit with audiences and critics. Lasting a total of six seasons, it won numerous awards and launched the careers of Dan Stevens, Lily James and Jessica Brown-Findlay.
Its first big-screen outing arrived in theaters in 2019. Downton Abbey claimed the same familiar cast and characters in a storyline that saw the family welcome a visit from King George V and Queen Mary.
In the new film, Hollywood comes to Downton when it is chosen as the location for a silent film, while the Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith) is offered a villa in the south of France and part of the family crosses the English Channel to find out why.
Downton Abbey: A New Era is now in UK cinemas.