Lily James gives update on ‘Downton Abbey’ movie progress

Downton Abbey star Lily James is the latest cast member to be asked about the status of the long-rumoured spin-off movie.

The 28-year-old actress, who played Lady Rose Aldridge in the final four seasons of the period drama, chatted about her potential involvement in the Downton Abbey film at the Los Angeles premiere of her new movie, Baby Driver.

James told reporters: “There’s definitely rumours and discussions going on.”

Asked if she herself was involved in these discussions, she smiled and answered: “Um, maybe…”

Since leaving Downton Abbey, Lily James took the title role in Disney’s Cinderella, starred as Natasha Rostova in last year’s BBC adaptation of War & Peace, and played Elizabeth Bennet in action-horror movie Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

The Downton Abbey movie’s production has been rumoured since 2015 and it recently looked like a start date for filming was finally being lined up for the end of this year.

A PR representative for actor Jeremy Swift, who played Spratt, revealed in April: “Jeremy has been asked to keep the end of this year free as the Downton movie will begin filming.”

Downton Abbey concluded on Masterpiece on PBS in 2016 after six seasons and writer Julian Fellowes has claimed that “most of the cast are up for [the movie].”

Directed by Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead), Lily James’ new movie Baby Driver is released in US cinemas on June 28.

Here’s the trailer: