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The Fate of Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens Revealed!

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This will not sit well with fans of the hit UK soap opera, Downton Abbey, which will have its season three debut in the U.S come January 6th, as one of the most popular stars confirmed his departure from the series.

As we previously reported, there was much speculation that one of the main series stars Dan Stevens, who plays Matthew Cawley, would not be returning for a fourth season.  Stevens is currently on Broadway in The Heiress with Oscar hopeful, Jessica Chastain.

SPOILER ALERT!!! And yesterday, on a very special Christmas episode of  “Downton” which aired in the U.K, viewers figured as much when we they saw how the episode concluded!

While we will avoid giving you the blow by blow details of this key episode and how the character of Matthew exits the canvas,  Dan Stevens spoke about his exit to the London Telegraph stating, “We were always optioned for three years … And when that came up it was a very difficult decision. But it felt like a good time to take stock, to take a moment. From a personal point of view, I wanted a chance to do other things. It is a very monopolising job. So there is a strange sense of liberation at the same time as great sadness because I am very, very fond of the show and always will be.  None of us had any idea of how successful “Downton” was going to be. I thought I was signing up for another period drama that had a slightly modern feel.  It had a freedom about it because it was coming out of the head of Julian Fellowes. Anything could happen and generally did.”

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So “Downton” fans, are you sorry to hear the new that Dan Stevens had departed the series?  Let us know and make sure to watch all the drama unfold as this is Dan’s last season and how his departure will affect Lady Mary, Michelle Dockery in the seasons to come!

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I don’t understand his leaving. I think they should have recast the role since it is pivotal.

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I DEFINITELY THINK THAT THE ROLE SHOULD BE RECAST IF DAN CANNOT RETURN. HIS CHARACTER HAS BEEN SUCH A WONDERFUL , INTERESTING AND PIVITOL PART OF DOWNTON ABBY!!!

EVEN WITH THE WAY SEASON 3 SEEMED TO END, IT DOESN’T HAVE TO MEAN THAT MATTHEW DIED. EVEN, IF SO, I IMAGINE THERE CAN BE SOME OTHER VERY INTERESTING STORYLINES. FELLOWES IS A FABULOUS WRITER. PLEASE, DON’T DISSAPOINT US!!!

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You can put Dan Stevens, in a coma or/ then you can recast him. All the best to you Dan Stevens
A big fan of Downton Abbey

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DOWNTON ABBEY THE MOVIE: Official Trailer Released

Finally, Downton Abbey fans get a preview of the upcoming motion picture that is set for release in theatres on September 20th.

What we know is that the The film is set in 1927 and the plot revolves around the King and Queen of England coming to the estate for a visit and so … the Crawleys must prepare their arrival.  In fact, they have to bring back Mr. Carson to help!

Featured in the trailer are series stars, who are also back for the film: Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Michelle Dockery, Matthew Goode, Joanne Froggatt, Jim Carter and Maggie Smith.

Series creator Julian Fellowes wrote the script and Michael Engler will serve as director. Engler directed the two-hours series finale.

As fans know, Downton Abbey ran on PBS Masterpiece for six seasons here in the U.S.

Check out the trailer, and then let us know if you are excited to see the movie? Comment below.

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‘Downton Abbey’ The Movie Releases Its First Trailer

Now here’s a huge teaser that will get you wanting to see more!  Those of us who loved the British period soap opera, Downton Abbey, which came to a conclusion after its sixth season on PBS here in the United States, will finally get their wish when the film version hits in 2019.

As previously reported, the series executive producer Gareth Naeme said about the film,  “We aim to deliver everything that one would hope for as Downton comes to the big screen.”

Look for the film to land in movie theatres on Friday, September 20th, 2019, with it debuting internationally the week prior on Friday, September 13th.

Most of the cast is intact including: Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Kevin Doyle, Joanne Froggatt, Matthew Goode, Harry Hadden-Paton, David Haig, Geraldine James, Robert James-Collier, Simon Jones, Allen Leech, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Sophie McShera, Tuppence Middleton, Stephen Campbell Moore, Lesley Nicol, Kate Phillips, Maggie Smith, Imelda Staunton and Penelope Wilton.

Julian Fellowes once again writes the script for the film for the characters he created for the TV series.

Now check out the first trailer below, when just hearing that memorable opening theme song, it brought us back to the drama and the romance of Downton Abbey.

Let us know if you are thrilled to know that the movie is set for release …. and if you are looking forward to seeing what happens to the Crawleys and others in the next chapter of their story when the movie comes your way via the comment section below.

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IT’S OFFICIAL: Downton Abbey The Movie To Go Into Production This Summer

The highly-anticipated and rumored revival of Downton Abbey to the big screen is on!  Production is slated to begin later this summer.

From what we understand, all of the original cast is set to reprise their signature roles in the motion picture, written by series creator Julian Fellowes.

Fellowes will also serve as the executive producer along with other ‘Downton’ notables behind the scenes: Gareth Neame, Liz Trubridge, and Nigel Marchant. Brian Percival is set to direct.  Percival also directed the pilot episode of the critically-acclaimed and beloved period soap opera series.

In a statement, Gareth Neame expressed: “When the television series drew to a close it was our dream to bring the millions of global fans a movie and now, after getting many stars aligned, we are shortly to go into production.  Julian’s script charms, thrills and entertains and in Brian Percival’s hands we aim to deliver everything that one would hope for as Downton comes to the big screen.”

Focus Features chairman, Peter Kujawski, shared: “Since the series ended, fans of Downton have long been waiting for the Crawley family’s next chapter. 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.”

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Downton Abbey ran for six seasons on PBS  and received 15 Primetime Emmy awards and 69 nominations.

Actress Joanne Froggatt, who plays maid Anna Bates, took to Twitter with much enthusiasm at the news: “Delighted to announce we’re getting the band back together! #DowntonMovie #DowntonAbbey”

So, thrilled to hear the Downton Abbey movie is happening? Comment below.

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