These “Downton Abbey” stars are reuniting for a film, and it’s a whole different period piece
Pull out the white gloves and long tweed skirts you’ve hidden away in storage, because some of the stars of Downtown Abbey are reuniting for a new film called Guernsey.
The best news? It just so happens to be another period piece.
Guernsey will star Lily James, also known as Lady Rose MacClare in Downton Abbey. The swoon-worthy Matthew Goode, who played Henry Talbot on the show, will join her. Meanwhile, Jessica Brown Findlay (Lady Sybil Branson née Crawley) and Penelope Wilton (Isobel Crawley) have also signed on to the picture.
Guernsey follows Juliet Ashton (James), who is a journalist on Guernsey Island after the Germans occupied it in World War II. Based on the novel The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, it’s a story of self-discovery and taking on challenges.
That seems pretty in line with the values of Downton Abbey.
And James has a full slate of upcoming projects. This year, she’ll star opposite Ansel Elgort in Baby Driver and in another World War II-themed biopic, Darkest Hour. In 2018, she is acting in a contemporary western called Little Woods, opposite Tessa Thompson.
Paula Mazur, one of the producers of Guernsey, spoke to Deadline about her excitement for the project.
“The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society has been a project of tremendous passion for us, and we are thrilled to be bringing it to screen with filmmaker Mike Newell attached and Lily James, our consummate ‘Juliet.'"
Filming will begin this spring, with a likely release date in 2018. If we can’t have our favorite aristocratic period piece back on the air, Guernsey’s mini-reunion is a nice treat.