While we wait to find out who’ll be back in the Downton Abbey movie, we now know at least one key cast member who isn’t returning.
Written by Downton creator Julian Fellowes, the movie will finally begin filming this summer.
However, actress Lily James has confirmed to People magazine that she won’t be making an appearance.
The 29-year-old British star played Lady Rose MacClare in 21 episodes of ITV’s hit period drama and has gone on to appear in Disney’s Cinderella, the BBC’s War & Peace and last year’s action movie Baby Driver.
Asked if she’d be making even a cameo appearance in the movie, she revealed: “I’m sadly not, but I’m so excited for it — I’m going to be front row [to watch it].”
The film will be directed by Brian Percival (The Book Thief, North & South), who helmed the very first episode of the TV series in 2010.
Producer Gareth Neame recently commented: “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.”
Lily James can currently be seen in musical sequel Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, in cinemas now.
Downton Abbey: The Complete Collection is available to buy now.
The Downton Abbey movie is expected to be released in cinemas in early 2019, but an official date has yet been confirmed.