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C. Molly Smith
May 12, 2017 11:37 am

Oh my Dowager Countess! It’s official: the Downton Abbey movie is apparently actually underway, with filming to start in September, The Sun reports.

“Film bosses have requested the services of crew members and accountants to work on the picture,” a source told the outlet. “A budget has been set and now it’s a case of getting everything in place to start shooting.” Best of all:

There’s long been talk of Masterpiece Theatre’s beloved period drama heading to the silver screen, and we’re just so excited that it’s in progress! Like, seriously. Lady Mary is all of us right now.

But, will Michelle Dockery (Mary), Laura Carmichael (Edith), Hugh Bonneville (Robert), Elizabeth McGovern (Cora), Joanne Froggatt (Anna), Allen Leech (Tom), Jim Carter (Mr. Carson), Phyllis Logan (Mrs. Hughes), and Penelope Wilton (Isobel) return?

Then there’s Maggie Smith (Violet), who we’re all dying to know about, especially since she previously expressed doubts at the British Film Institute about the need for a film — and all the other major players. These are the questions sure to keep us up at night, and we still have so many more.

Downton Abbey ran for six seasons. Its series finale aired in the U.S. on March 6th, 2016 and saw Edith get married, Anna and Bates welcome their first child, and Mary expecting a second. Pretty much everyone got their happy ending, but will that happiness continue? Where will we find these cherished characters in a feature film? (We said more questions didn’t we?)

Until we get some answers, cheers to the very good news!

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