Here’s the First Trailer for ‘Downton Abbey: A New Era’

Let’s face it, despite a promising start, the 21st Century is just not working out that well at all. Deadly viruses, insidious social media companies, the rise of right-wing authoritarianism…and Greta Van Fleet. It’s enough to make one long for all the glorious Edwardian English uptightness of a century ago.

And wouldn’t you know, just in time for us pretty much not being able to handle any more actual reality, a new Downton Abbey movie is peeking out from around the corner at us, with all of its marvelous pomposity, oil paintings and heritage protected English manors/manners. Sadly, we’ll have to wait for March for the film’s actual release (via Focus Features) – but the first trailer for the pithily named Downtown Abbey: A New Era has just arrived, and it has us genuinely wishing that the modern world had never come along to ruin all the pomp and puffery of an age now long passed into history.

There will be another tying of the knot because, well, why own a massive country pile if you can’t throw a lavish wedding on the grounds, surely? It was hinted at in the previous film that the lovely Lucy Smith (played by the awesomely named Tuppence Middleton) and Tom Branson (Allen Leech) were well on their way to knocking knickers, and a scene forty-three seconds into the 1:35 teaser clip decisively confirms that they will indeed be getting hitched on the big screen.

Most tellingly, however, we see Dame Maggie Smith’s wry matriarch Violet Crawley revealing to son Robert (Hugh Bonneville) and daughter Lady Mary Crawley (Michelle Dockery), “Years ago, before you were born, I met a man…and now I’ve come into the possession of a villa in the South of France.” Lady Mary raises the requisite eyebrow, and can only manage to blurt out a startled, “What??”

Then Jim Carter’s belovedly grumpy butler Mr. Carson is seen vigorously auguring, “They better be warned…the British are coming.”

But it’s not over yet. After delivering the villa bombshell, Violet mischievously snarks to the assembled with an impish snicker, “And with that I will say goodnight, and leave you discuss my mysterious past.” Obviously, they will.

Expect gorgeously sweeping shots of the once Green and Pleasant Land, a few dramatic party twirls, cocktails on the lake, and the deft traversing of truly grand staircases. Oh, and obviously, a perfectly mannered betrayal or three or four.

So, yes, everything that kept us obsessed for six wickedly good seasons.

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