All hail Dame Maggie Smith. She’s back as the Dowager Countess in the first trailer for the Downton Abbey movie, in theaters this September. Fans have been yearning for a continuation of the long-running PBS Masterpiece series, which tells the story of the wealthy Crawley family and the servants who work in their mansion. The trailer picks up a few years after the end of the series; it’s 1927, and the Crawleys are more modern than ever. Lady Mary wears a vest! She also sports a very cute Louise Brooks bob.
The film focuses on a visit to Downton from the King and Queen of the United Kingdom. At the time, the royals would have been King George V (the charming, stuttering monarch played by Colin Firth in The King’s Speech) and his wife, Queen Mary. The trailer shows a flurry of preparation for the royal visit—with friction between the courtly attendants and the servants at Downton. Is Republican (anti-royalist) sentiment coming to Downton? Probably not.
The trailer features some particularly fabulous one-liners from Smith, including the idea that she “never argues” but rather “explains,” and an explanation that it is rather complicated to remove her ornate hats. And while these clips mainly feature scenes relating to the King and Queen’s stay, a previous teaser has a bit more Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery), who is contemplating an unthinkable move from Downton.
In addition to Smith and Dockery, most of the main cast is back: Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Michelle Dockery, Joanne Froggatt, Matthew Goode, Allen Leech, and Elizabeth McGovern will all appear in the film. Breakout star Lily James won’t be featured, but as she told People, she’s “so excited for it—I’m going to be front row!”
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Lily James attends The Laurence Olivier Awards at The Royal Opera House on April 28, 2013 in London, England.
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Lily James attends the Cinderella Moscow premiere on February 16, 2015 in Moscow, Russia.
Lily James attends the premiere of Disney’s Cinderella at the El Capitan Theatre on March 1, 2015 in Hollywood, California.
Lily James attends the premiere of Cinderella at Roppongi Hills on April 08, 2015 in Tokyo, Japan.
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Lily James attends the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.
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Lily James attends ‘Up Next: The National Theatre’s Annual Fundraising Gala” at The National Theatre on March 7, 2017 in London, England.
Lily James, wearing Burberry, attends an event to celebrate ‘The Tale of Thomas Burberry’ at Burberry’s all day cafe Thomas’s on November 1, 2016 in London, England.
Lily James attends the “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between” Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City.
Lily James attends the Glamour Women of The Year Awards 2017 at Berkeley Square Gardens on June 6, 2017 in London, England.
Lily James attends the De Beers Grand Opening at Harrods on June 8, 2017 in London, United Kingdom.
Lily James attends DuJour’s Summer Issue Cover Party with Lily James presented by Belvedere Vodka at Beauty & Essex on June 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
Lily James attends the Premiere Of Sony Pictures’ Baby Driver at Ace Hotel on June 14, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
Lily James attends the European premiere of Baby Driver on June 21, 2017 in London, United Kingdom.