Downton Abbey 2, a the sequel to the first Downton Abbey film from 2019 — has officially been announced.
Production began last week with Hugh Bonneville, Jim Carter, Laura Carmichael and Michelle Dockery.
Dominic West has joined the cast along with Hugh Dancy (Black Hawk Down), Laura Haddock (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Nathalie Baye (Catch Me If You Can).
The script will also feature Australian character Christine Mary Bloss, a friend of the Crawleys.
Creator Julian Fellowes is writer with Gareth Neame and Liz Trubridge returning to produce alongside Fellowes, and Simon Curtis (My Week with Marilyn) joining to direct.
“After a very challenging year with so many of us separated from family and friends, it is a huge comfort to think that better times are ahead and that next Christmas we will be re-united with the much beloved characters of Downton Abbey,” said Neame.
It is expected in cinemas in December 22.