The royals are coming!
The US and UK trailers for the film adaption of the hit TV series “Downton Abbey” dropped Tuesday and have already raked in more than 1.4 million views. Both teasers for the film, set in 1927, feature the Crawley family preparing Downton for a visit from the King and Queen.
The British version, released by Universal Pictures UK’s account, has much more dialogue and a quicker pace. Meanwhile, the Focus Features trailer, ostensibly targeted at American audiences, has very little dialogue, plenty of meandering shots of fine furnishings — and teases a gay romance: Thomas Barrow (Rob James-Collier), is seen dancing and smooching another man.
Anticipation has been building since Michelle Dockery, who plays Lady Mary, posted a photo from the film set back in September, captioning it, “And…we’re off.”
The film’s screenplay was written by series creator Julian Fellowes, who is also producing.
Almost all of the beloved TV show’s cast will be reunited in the film, with the exception of Lily James, who played Lady Rose. “My character Rose moved off to New York, so it would be farfetched to bring her back,” the actress told People magazine in July when the movie was announced.
New to the film cast is Oscar nominee Imelda Staunton, who’s married in real life to Jim Carter, who plays Mr. Carson on the show and now, in the film.
The film hits American theaters Sept. 20, with Universal Pictures International releasing the movie abroad the week before on Sept. 13.
By Hannah Frishberg