In The Latest Pearl-Clutching News, We're Finally Getting A 'Downton Abbey' Movie!

Filming begins later this summer!

In The Lastest Pearl-Clutching News, We're Finally Getting A 'Downton Abbey' Movie!

Break out the good china, because celebration’s in order!

The Crawleys and company are set to return for a feature-length Downton Abbey movie, with filming set to begin later this summer.

The show's original creator Julian Fellowes penned the screenplay and will serve as the film's co-producer. Brian Percival, who directed the Downton Abbey pilot, will be helming the movie.

"When the television series drew to a close it was our dream to bring the millions of global fans a movie, and now, after getting many stars aligned, we are shortly to go into production," said producer Gareth Neame in a statement. "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." 

Downton Abbey centered on the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and the servants who helped run their household. During its six-season run, the show walked away with three Golden Globes and 15 Primetime Emmy Awards. Its 69 Emmy nominations made Downton Abbey the most-nominated non-US show in Emmy history. 

According to Deadline, not every character will be making a return – we're betting we won't see Lily James as Lady Rose MacClare. We do know, however, Joanne Froggatt, who played maid Anna Bates on the series, will be in the upcoming sequel. In the wake of the Downton Abbey movie news, the actress tweeted her excitement about getting "the band back together!"

Bet you're wishing now you hadn't left the show, aren't you, Dan Stevens?

Give me a good historical drama, and I'm a happy girl. Helen Mirren stan.