Downton Abbey fans – big news. Jim Carter (who plays Mr Carson) revealed there will be a second movie – and he’s even seen a script already!
Appearing on This Morning earlier, Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield asked Jim whether there were any plans for a reunion – and the actor certainly delivered when he revealed the best news ever.
Explaining the plan is to start filming next year (as long as the pandemic allows), Jim said: “Holly, if you promise not to tell anyone, I’ll let you know that we’ve seen a script.
“The script for a second film is there. We’ve seen it… it’s very funny. It’s got all the same characters in, all the regular characters.
“I think the will is that – COVID-willing – we will film it next year. I don’t know if I can trust Phillip to keep this secret. But Holly I know I can trust you.”
Phil and Holly were blown away by the admission, with Phil desperately trying to find out more details – but sadly, Jim’s phone connection appeared to drop, just 30 seconds before the end of the show.
Phil was particularly interested in what a new film would mean for Dame Maggie Smith’s character, Violet Crawley, who was unwell at the end of the first movie.
“Hold on a second. He said everyone is back in the film… but she was terminally ill. So, obviously, she’s still hanging on. Let’s hope so. Oh, it’s a biggie. There’s so many questions,” he said, after Jim had cut off.
Following the huge success of the first film, producers made it clear they were hoping for a sequel to the first movie at the end of last year.
And in April, producer Gareth Neame said the team were “committed to making a sequel”. Speaking to ET, he said: “We are totally committed to making a sequel if we can bring all the elements back.
“During the course of this year, we will have a script and we will try to assemble all the actors again, you know, as soon as we can.”
This could be the news to save 2020…