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We've been counting down the days for the Downton Abbey movie to be released ever since the project was announced, and we're not the only ones who can't contain our excitement.

The first trailer for the film has just been released, and just as we thought, Maggie Smith steals every scene as the hilarious Dowager Countess. 

Writer-creator Julian Fellowes has developed the plot around the royal visit to the legendary location, with the Crawley family preparing to welcome their most important guests ever.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"They live like royalty. But are they ready for the real thing?" the trailer asks. The staff must go head-to-head with the royal entourage, and it's safe to say the two warring groups don't see eye to eye.

There's "a royal luncheon, a parade and a dinner" planned for the royals, but it looks like the cast must instead turn their focus to "defend Downton's honour". 

We are also being gifted with a romance sub-plot involving Allen Leach’s Tom Branson and Lady Bagshaw's maid, played by Tuppence Middleton.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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George V and his wife, Mary, are expected to visit some time during 1927 and we cannot wait to see how it turns out.

Ferocious royal butler David Haig clashes with the staff, judging by the footage, and faces off against veteran butler Mr Carson (Jim Carter) in an epic battle.

In the brief clip, Maggie Smith delivers four brilliant put-downs, so the full feature film should be a spotlight stealer for her. 

Downton Abbey is released in cinemas on Friday, September 13. Get yourselves ready by watching the trailer below, and maybe practice your posh accent.

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Allen Leech just spilled some new details about the upcoming Downton Abbey film.

Excitement has surrounded the upcoming film adaptation for the award-winning drama for a while now.

We can't wait to see the original cast on the big screen in the coming months.

Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Kevin Doyle, Joanne Froggatt, Matthew Goode and Maggie Smith will all grace our cinema screens in the Downton Abbey movie.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Did someone say movie? So v.excited! #DowntonAbbey is coming to the big screen!

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We will also meet new cast members including Imelda Staunton, James, Simon Jones, David Haig, Tuppence Middleton, Kate Phillips and Stephen Campbell Moore.

Because of the large cast size, fans have been worried about the balance of each character’s story in the movie.

But Allen, who plays ex-chauffeur Tom Branson, put our minds at ease with recent comments.

“It’s a big, epic story that’s definitely going to fill the big screen,” he told Vanity Fair.

“That was our worry about taking the show from the small screen to the big screen. But you have Julian Fellowes, who won an Oscar for writing, and he’s done a great job with the story.”

The actor went on to say that the writer went with a “surprising angle” for the film, and he was able to fit the entire 22 cast members own stories within the two-hour film.

“He’s done an amazing job”, he raved.

The new movie will focus on the strong friendship between Branson and Lady Mary together as well as take fans through an emotional roller coaster.

“You’re going to have tears. [Julian] is never too saccharine-sweet, so be prepared for everything”, the actor warned.

The film will be released in September 2019, and from Allen’s comments, we can tell it will be worth the wait.

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