Hugh Bonneville says reuniting ‘Downton Abbey’ cast to shoot movie is ‘like herding cats’

Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville has revealed that it’s going to be “a tough call to get everyone together” to make the long-awaited movie.

The 53-year-old English actor played Robert Crawley in all six seasons of the hit period drama.

After years of rumours, the confirmation of a Downton Abbey movie was officially announced earlier this year, but details of when filming will commence and which cast members will return is still uncertain.

It’s been rumoured that the movie could be a prequel set before the TV series, featuring an all-new cast.

He told Town & Country in a new interview: “Well, I haven’t seen the finalized script and no one’s shown me the money. So until such time, I’m available for bar mitzvahs and funerals.”

Discussing the continuing delays, he explained: “I know there’s a lot of good will behind it, but as some of the other cast said, it’s like herding cats.

“We’re all in different parts of the world. But, we have a great affection for each other and the show, and where there’s a will there’s a way. I hope so, but it’s going to be a tough call to get everyone together.”

Downton Abbey: The Complete Collection is available to buy now.

Hugh Bonneville’s new movie, Viceroy’s House, is in cinemas now.