Thank you, Mr. Carson.
Actor Jim Carter, who played retired butler Charles Carson on TV's "Downton Abbey" series and in the 2019 movie, has brought fans of the period drama some exciting news: The Crawley family and their servants are headed back to the big screen.
On the Sept. 24 episode of Britain's "This Morning" show, Jim confirmed that a second "Downton Abbey" film is moving forward, The Sun reported.
During his virtual appearance — which was meant to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the debut of "Downton Abbey" on television – Jim playfully told co-hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby the second film is set to roll in 2021.
"Holly, if you promise not to tell anyone, I'll let you know that we've seen a script," Jim said. "The script for a second film is there." Though he wouldn't drop any hints as to the storyline, he did say "it's very funny" and that "it's got all the same characters in [it], all the regular characters."
As for how soon fans will see it, a release date isn't known, but "I think the will is that, COVID-willing, we will film it next year," he explained.
Last October, another cast member — Lesley Nicol, who plays cook Mrs. Patmore — revealed in an interview that filmmakers were "working on" a second installment. "I don't think they've written it, but they are rounding people up," she told "Good Morning Britain."
The lushly costumed movie was a huge hit when it was released in September 2019, which came as a surprise to some. The film — which focuses on how Britain's aristocratic Crawley family and their servants prepared for a visit from the king and queen in 1927 — made nearly $97 million at the U.S. box office and about the same amount internationally for a worldwide total haul of $193.8 million, according to Box Office Mojo.
It also had a huge opening weekend, earning $31 million and beating out Brad Pitt's "Ad Astra" and Sylvester Stallone's "Rambo: Last Blood" for first place. And it did all that on a budget of just $20 million, Deadline reported.