Ever since PBS’ hit “Downton Abbey” closed its doors in 2015, fans have been whipped up into a frenzy about rumors of a possible movie reuniting the characters. Series creator Julian Fellowes has reportedly been working on a script, and Michael Edelstein, president at NBCUniversal International Studios said back in June that he was “hopeful to make a movie sometime next year.”
But those rumors are just that, says Michelle Dockery, who starred in the series as Lady Mary, the eldest daughter of the Crawley family.
Dockery, who’s now starring in TNT’s “Good Behavior” and Netflix’s upcoming western limited series “Godless,” tells Variety that there’s nothing to report.
“I can’t tell you any more than what I’ve said before,” she says. “I’m hopeful that it would happen at some point, but that’s all I can tell you for now. We’ll see what happens.”
Dockery says there isn’t even a script — or at least, one that she’s seen. But the biggest obstacle to a potential reunion is coordinating the schedules of the sizable ensemble cast.
“Getting everyone together at the right time, it’s not easy,” she says. “But there seems to be a want for it. I’m hopeful that it will happen. Just getting everyone together at the same time isn’t easy. There’s 18 strong cast members in this.”
Still, she appreciates how much passion the fans have for the long-running series. “There seems to be a want for it, which is wonderful,” she says. “All the fans seem to want it, so we’ll see.”
Star Joanne Froggatt, who played Mary Bates, told Variety back in July she hadn’t seen a script either. “There’s been talk, there’s been conversations, but nothing has happened,” she says. “We’re all sort of leaving it up to the gods.”