The period-drama ‘Downton Abbey’ has successfully been around for ten years with the same cast. Is creator and writer Julian Fellowes looking for a way to change that?
Whether it’s the ‘Downton Abbey’ movie that came four years after the hit series came to an end or the six successful seasons that became a cultural phenomenon, creator and writer Julian Fellowes always brought to the audience the right mixture of wit and grandeur.
- ‘Downton Abbey’: We have seen the world
- The world has changed and so has ‘Downton Abbey’
- The new ‘Downton Abbey’ to shake things up
What has never changed is Fellowes’ stellar ensemble cast and crackling writing. ‘Downton Abbey’ has always hit the spot by delivering warmth, passion, and wit through its characters and stories.
But, Fellowes might be looking to change the ensemble cast which has brought ‘Downton Abbey’ the global recognition that the show enjoys.
Read on to know more.
‘Downton Abbey’: We have seen the world
The sequel to the Downton movie has never been a question following the massive financial and critical success of the first part, but the question of when the sequel will be out for the world to see is still unanswered.
So far, the world of ‘Downton Abbey’ has been a window to various events that have transpired in the past. However factually incorrect, the chance to experience history has been the driving force for audiences all around the world.
First, the show saw the events of Titanic being enacted, and as the iconic ship went down the sea, so did the heir to Crawley’s fortune, setting off a chain of events that led to many plot twists. In came the second season of ‘Downton Abbey’, featuring the First World War as the likes of Mathew, Thomas, and William went to war.
The world has changed and so has ‘Downton Abbey’
As the popularity of the show grew, so did Julian Fellowes‘s cast, along with the plotlines. The Butler, Dowager Countess has been the audience’s favourite since the show first premiered. But, six seasons and a feature-length movie showcasing the fictional world of ‘Downton Abbey’ might be where Fellowes draws the line on recycling.
Since the first movie premiered in 2019, Fellowes has been constantly hounded with questions and an eager audience demanding a sequel. Well, not only is a sequel for the ‘Downton Abbey’ movie in the works but the rumours of a second movie with a completely new timeline and a new cast have been up and about too.
‘Downton Abbey’ creator Julian Fellowes has long enjoyed the social commentary and the absurdity that high-class conventions bring to his shows. Whether it’s ‘Downton Abbey’ or his new show ‘Belgravia’, the premise that has bestowed Fellowes with global fame has always been the comedy of manners.
And keeping the comedy of manners in mind, is Fellowes really changing everything else about ‘Downton Abbey’?
The new ‘Downton Abbey’ to shake things up
The first Downton movie follows the Crawley family as they prepare for the arrival of King George V and Queen Mary. Carson’s retirement gets interrupted and Lady Mary dabbles with the notion of leaving the Crawley estate.
The movie does end with Carson’s retirement and, to put things into perspective, Elizabeth McGovern, who plays Lady Cora in the ‘Downton Abbey’ movie, feels like the characters have reached satisfactory endings.
So, is ‘Downton Abbey’ going through a makeover, one that will not only feature a new timeline but also a new cast? It certainly looks like it right now! And just when you thought 2020 couldn’t surprise you any more!
Who do you think will be the noble, blue-blooded aristocrats to join the cast of ‘Downton Abbey’? And what timeline of the past will the audience get to visit? Let us know in the comment section below!