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Downton Abbey movie could begin shooting in 2017

Downton Abbey, Christmas Special

Story by Jack Foley

A FILM version of hit ITV period drama Downton Abbey could begin filming this year (2017), according to one of its stars.

Jeremy Swift, who played butler Septimus Spratt, told ITV’s Lorraine that as far as he was concerned, filming was due to commence sometime this year, even though no date had been locked down yet.

He also claimed that the cast had been sent a script, which had since ‘disappeared’… “in a Mission Impossible-stylee from our emails”.

“[But] it’s supposed to be happening – filming – this year, but it hasn’t been locked down yet.”

Swift went on to say that “logistics” were causing a problem with filming and that Downton‘s success had meant that some cast members had “flown off into the world” to work on other projects.

“It’s just getting everybody in that same space and time,” he added. “I think there is a huge appetite for it.”

Series creator Julian Fellowes has previously confirmed that he has been working on a film idea, while other cast members have spoken of their favour for doing a film.

Carnival Films, which produces the drama, has also said that a script is being developed, although when contacted by the BBC to confirm Swift’s comments, simply replied: “There are still no firm plans about when a film might go into production. When the future plans are certain we will of course make an announcement at the relevant time.”

Downton Abbey became a world-wide hit but ended at Christmas 2015 after six series. The show, which boasted Hugh Bonneville, Dan Stevens and Dame Maggie Smith among its ensemble, received a special BAFTA tribute in 2015 and has become the most nominated non-US show in the history of the Emmy Awards.

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