‘Downton Abbey’ movie begins filming ‘any minute now’!

Actress Phyllis Logan has given a welcome update on the production status of the Downton Abbey movie.

It was confirmed last month that the film will finally begin shooting this summer.

Written by Downton creator Julian Fellowes, who wrote all 52 episodes of the TV series, the movie will be directed by Brian Percival (The Book Thief, North & South), who helmed the very first episode in 2010.

Logan, who played housekeeper Mrs Hughes in the show, told Zoe Ball on Sunday yesterday: “We’re going into production any minute now.”

Following years of rumours and speculation about the project, she joked: “I’m still not even convinced that I can speak about it, but I can now.”

Logan added: “We’re all going to be reconvened – I’m going to be back in the corset. We’ve had a bit of emailage going on.”

She also revealed in the interview that the Downton cast have a “little Christmas reunion” every year – we wish we were invited!

The movie’s producer Gareth Neame previously 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.”

Most of the main cast are expected to return, but actress Lily James, who played Lady Rose MacClare, revealed last month that she won’t be appearing.

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The Downton Abbey movie is expected to be released in cinemas in early 2019, but an official date has yet been confirmed.