The Downton Abbey sequel has gone into production and is set to be released on December 22 of this very year. And guess who’s joining the cast? THEE Love Rat King himself, Dominic West. Now, I would be remiss if I didn’t point out that Lily James was also in Downton Abbey, the TV show. She played Rose, a beautiful young rich girl who loves love and breaking the rules. Dominic’s casting means that Lily will definitely not be returning as Rose in the sequel, cuz the pumpkin eater promised his wife Catherine Fitzgerald he’d never work with Lily again! He PROMISED! So does this mean from here on out all of Dirty Dom’s contracts have a “No Lily” clause?
But enough about Dom n’ Lil. Let’s talk Downton, a series I truly love even though it’s nothing but a period soap opera with a royal-sized budget. All the usual suspects are all coming back, including Maggie Smith (the Dowager Countess) Hugh Bonneville (Lord Grantham), Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary), and Imelda Staunton (a new character from the first movie, I think she had beef with Maggie Smith?). New cast members will include Dominic, Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock, and Nathalie Baye.
The movie will be written by Downton creator Julian Fellowes, and Simon Curtis (My Week with Marilyn) will direct. If you saw the first film (I think it was the last movie I actually saw in theatres), you’ll know there was basically no plot except the King and Queen came to visit Downton and for like two seconds Lady Mary thought Irish Tom would bomb them, but that didn’t happen. Here’s a statement about the sequel from two chairmen (via Deadline):
Gareth Neame, the film’s producer and executive chairman of Carnival Films said: “After a very challenging year with so many of us separated from family and friends, it is a huge comfort to think that better times are ahead and that next Christmas we will be re-united with the much beloved characters of Downton Abbey.”
Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski added: “There’s no place like home for the holidays, and we can’t imagine a better gift than getting to reunite with Julian, Gareth, and the entire Downton family in 2021 to bring the Crawley’s back home for their fans.”
Please OH, PLEASE can we make it so the sequel is just Thomas Barrow the Closeted Butler fucking his way through the 1920s London gay scene, please?
But back to Dominic. Who will he play? A scoundrel? A rogue? A rascal? Please, Downton producers, if you can’t do the gay butler storyline, at least bring back Lily! I know Downton already did the “Rose has an affair with a married man who claims to be in a very unhappy marriage”, but this show isn’t above repeating plot lines. Hell, Mr. Molesley’s been hitting on that one maid for yeeeears, and boy still hasn’t made his move.
In the meantime, can someone do a deep fake of this scene using Dominic’s head?: