The first Downton Abbey movie was the final flick I watched in theatres before the pandemic. The plot was thinner than Rachel Zoe’s client roster circa 2005, but I enjoyed it immensely (thanks edibles!). So I will go see the sequel, Downton Abbey: A New Era, only in theatres on March 18. The trailer was released today, and it looks like fancy fluff. Except, this time, some of the story will be set in a spectacular villa in the south of France. Turns out Maggie Smith’s character boinked a wealthy Frenchman in her youth, and now she’s inherited his mansion. It’s a helpful lesson for young people everywhere: fuck the rich. You never know which one will leave you a villa in their willa!
Here’s the trailer:
The new Downton sequel features the usual suspects, including 86-year-old Maggie (the Dowager Countess) Hugh Bonneville (Lord Grantham), Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary), and Imelda Staunton (some lady from the first movie). New cast members include Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock, and Nathalie Baye. Oh, and noted philanderer Dominic West, but there’s no sign of him in the trailer. Maybe he’ll play a loose love rat terrorizing the villa. And the butler and the head maid will spend their entire C-plot trying to catch him, Mouse Hunt-styles. Dominic’s casting is a sure sign that Lily James won’t be returning as Rose. Dominic promised his wife he’d never work with her again.
But back to the plot. I see some fun French parties and a wedding, but this flick had better include a sexy gay storyline for Thomas Barrow (Rob James-Collier). One that doesn’t end in the police busting up a London gay club or the suicide of a closeted blind soldier. Thomas and horny viewers everywhere deserve something nice!