The makers of the new Downton Abbey movie have revealed a gorgeous set of posters.
Luckily, we think this new date is actually going to be the one, as the promotional campaign is now in full swing.
Following the unveiling of a glorious full-length trailer last week, four stunning new pieces of poster artwork have been published online.
The first poster features returning main cast members Robert James-Collier as Thomas Barrow, Penelope Wilton as Isobel Grey, Lady Merton, Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Talbot, Dame Maggie Smith as Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, Kevin Doyle as Mr Molesley, Phyllis Logan as Elsie Carson, and Douglas Reith as Richard “Dickie” Grey, Lord Merton.
They’re joined by Hugh Dancy as a movie director, who’ll be filming his new motion picture at the Abbey.
The next poster is led by a fabulously glamorous Laura Haddock (The Musketeers), playing fictional Hollywood star Myrna Dalgleish, alongside fellow Downton newcomer Dominic West (The Pursuit of Love) as her acting co-star.
Looking on in awe of these two new characters are Joanne Froggatt as Anna Bates, Michael Fox and Sophie McShera as the newly married Andy and Daisy Parker, plus Lesley Nicol as the inimitable Mrs Patmore.
Set in 1928, the plot of Downton Abbey: A New Era sees our beloved characters embark on a lavish trip to the South of France where they must uncover the mystery of the Dowager Countess’ newly inherited villa.
We’ve got a glimpse of Lady Violet’s inherited property in the next poster.
Standing on the steps of the villa are Hugh Bonneville as Robert Crawley, 7th Earl of Grantham, and Elizabeth McGovern as Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham.
In the background we see Jim Carter as Charles Carson, looking smarter than ever, with Raquel Cassidy as Phyllis Baxter and Brendan Coyle as John Bates.
In the final poster we have not one but two radiant-looking couples.
Laura Carmichael as Edith Pelham, Marchioness of Hexham and Harry Hadden-Paton as Herbert “Bertie” Pelham, Marquess of Hexham are accompanied by Allen Leech and Tuppence Middleton as Tom Branson and fiancee Lucy.
Imelda Staunton looks on proudly as Tom’s new mother-in-law as Maud, Lady Bagshaw.
Nowhere to be seen, however, are Sue Johnston and Samantha Bond, both rumoured to be returning as Miss Denker and Lady Rosamund Painswick respectively, and confirmed French actress Nathalie Baye.
Matthew Goode remains conspicuous by his absence as Lady Mary’s husband, Henry, who only popped up ever so briefly in the first movie.
Downton Abbey: A New Era will be released in UK cinemas on Friday 29th April.
The movie arrives in US theatres the following month on Friday 20th May.
American viewers can wait to see the film in the comfort and safety of their own home just 45 days later on NBC’s streaming service Peacock.
Downton Abbey: The Complete Collection box set is available on DVD on Amazon.