‘Downton Abbey’ star Hugh Bonneville expects to do ‘five or six movies’

If you were hoping for more Downton movies, it sounds like you’re in luck!

Based on ITV’s hit period drama series, the first film topped the box office and received positive reviews upon its release last autumn.

Rumours about a sequel were floating around even before it went on to gross nearly $200 million around the world, so it’s no surprise that a second movie has now been confirmed.

Downton creator Julian Fellowes announced the disappointing news this month that he won’t be starting work on the script for quite some time.

However, on a more positive note, actor Hugh Bonneville has just revealed that he has long-term hopes for the future of Downton Abbey.

While promoting the Downton Abbey movie’s UK DVD release this week, Bonneville commented: “I can see a Star Trek franchise, I think this [first Downton film] is the beginning.”

The 56-year-old English actor, who plays Robert Crawley, predicted: “This is just a gentle opener to what’s going to be a huge franchise of five or six movies.”

We’re definitely on board with this!

In the meantime, Downton star Elizabeth McGovern’s new War of the Worlds adaptation begins next month and Julian Fellowes’ Belgravia is set to premiere this spring.

The Downton Abbey movie is available on DVD on Amazon.