The Dowager Countess reveals her 'mysterious past' in first Downton Abbey: A New Era trailer
Downton Abbey: A New Era (2022 movie)
Maggie Smith's Dowager Countess drops a bomb in the first teaser trailer for Downton Abbey: A New Era that arrived Monday.
"Years ago, before you were born, I met a man," the dowager countess begins. "And now, I've come into the possession of a villa in the South of France."
To which, Lady Mary Crawley (Michelle Dockery) responds with dropped jaw, "What?"
It isn't a lot to go on, but it's way more than we have known about the movie thus far. At the end of the trailer, the Dowager Countess cheekily dismisses herself in dramatic fashion: "And with that, I will say goodnight and leave you to discuss my mysterious past."
In addition to Dockery and Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Laura Carmichael, and Jim Carter will all be back for A New Era, along with series newcomers Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock, Nathalie Baye, and Dominic West.
In an interview with PEOPLE, Downton Abbey creator, Julian Fellowes, said the upcoming sequel will pick up right where the 2019 movie left off. And as we have come to expect from Downton, that generally means change as the times evolve.
"We're trying to mark the change," Fellowes said, "the fact that Crawleys of Downton are nearly in the 1930s, which is merely the beginning of the modern world."
And if the Dowager Countess' surprise news and Mr. Carson's (Carter) quip ("They should be warned, the British is coming.") is to be taken as clues, the Crawleys are going to France. What other secrets will they uncover? What shenanigans will they get into? We'll find out when Downton Abbey: The New Era hits theaters on March 18, 2022.
Watch the trailer above.
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The Crawley family and their staff return in this follow-up to the 2019 film based on the hit TV series.