The Crawleys are back and better than ever.
Michelle Dockery, who played Lady Mary in the hit drama Downton Abbey, shared a photo from the set of the upcoming film adaption of the series on Monday. The black-and-white picture shows a clapperboard setting up a shot, with actors — including what appears to be Jim Carter, AKA Mr. Carson — in the background.
Dockery, 36, wrote alongside the picture, “And…we’re off.”
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“I spoke to Laura [Carmichael] not long ago and was texting Michelle [Dockery] about Love Island and it’s going to be really exciting. And the whole gang is coming back,” James added.
James chalked up her absence not to “schedules” but to the plot. “My character Rose moved off to New York, so it would be farfetched to bring her back,” she explained. “I would have loved to have come back for a scene, but for a movie it can’t be like a Christmas special and it needs to be a focused storyline.”
She added, “There was no space for Rose.”
The cast is already getting reacquainted. In August, Dockery posted a picture in which she was hanging out with former Downton star Dan Stevens and the series’ Tom Branson, Allen Leech. She affectionately captioned the picture, “Dorks.”
“Since the series ended, fans of Downton have long been waiting for the Crawley family’s next chapter,” Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to join this incredible group of filmmakers, actors and craftspeople, led by Julian Fellowes and Gareth Neame, in bringing back the world of Downton to the big screen.”