The original cast of Downton Abbey are to return in the series' second outing on the big screen, as Downton Abbey: A New Era prepares to make its mark on the franchise.

Julian Fellowes has returned to write the new film, with Simon Curtis serving as director and the cast seeing the addition of newcomers Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock, Nathalie Baye, Dominic West and Jonathan Zaccaï.

Just a few months are left until the movie’s big release, so Universal Pictures have today (November 15th, 2021) dropped a teaser trailer, showcasing some of the action we should expect. You can check it out below:

A New Era picks up after the events of the first movie release, which followed a Royal Visit to the Crawley family and Downton staff, from the King and Queen of England.

Its conclusion saw the holding of a ball fit for the Royal Family; but but when Lord and Lady Grantham request the pleasure of moviegoers' company at their Yorkshire country estate over Christmas, just what exactly will happen?

Further details of the plot are being kept tightly under-wraps, but writer Fellowes said in an interview with People that it would reflect the societal shifts that occured in the late 1920s, whilst remaining "unashamedly feel-good".

With Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Kevin Doyle, Joanne Froggatt, Harry Hadden-Patton, Robert James-Collier, Allen Leech, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Sophie McShera, Tuppence Middleton, Lesley Nicol, Maggie Smith, Imelda Staunton and Penelope Wilton all returning, it's going to be an undeniably-awesome watch.

With the first film grossing $193.82 million worldwide, there are high expectations for this follow-up. Whether it can live up to the hype however, remains to be seen...

Downton Abbey: A New Era comes to cinemas across the UK on March 18th, 2022.

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