Hugh Bonneville thinks Downton Abbey movie is 'hugely unlikely'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 23 May 2017
Hugh Bonneville

Hugh Bonneville

Hugh Bonneville has revealed he thinks the 'Downton Abbey' movie is "hugely unlikely"

Hugh Bonneville thinks it's "hugely unlikely" that there will be a 'Downton Abbey' film.

The 53-year-old actor, who starred in the ITV period drama from 2010 until the series ended in 2015, has quashed rumours that the show is to be made into a blockbuster.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph newspaper, Hugh, who played Robert, Earl of Grantham in the show, said: "There is no script that I have read, so I think it is hugely unlikely. But of course I would love to do it."

Ever since the show - penned by Julian Fellowes - left screens, speculation over whether the drama starring Michelle Dockery, Joanne Froggatt and Dan Stevens, would get the Hollywood treatment with a movie spin-off.

Sources claimed Fellowes was to reunite with producers Carnival Films to work on the much-discussed movie, with filming set to begin in September.

A source revealed at the time: "Film bosses have requested the services of crew members and accountants to work on the picture.

"A budget has been set and now it's a case of getting everything in place to start shooting. It would take something big to stop the project from happening now."

The period drama TV series was a huge success in the UK and overseas.

Julian, 67, started writing a script for a 'Downton Abbey' movie well in advance of the film being given the green light, saying he was ready to press ahead with the project as soon as he received the go-ahead.

He previously admitted: "I don't want to be caught out if the producers suddenly say yes and then it's all go."

Meanwhile, actress Laura Carmichael, who played Lady Edith Crawley, revealed in April that she was still waiting for a script for the 'Downton Abbey' film.

Speaking to BANG Showbiz, Laura said: "My family are always telling me what they read but I don't know any more than that.

"As we have said before, if there is a script for us then we will be delighted. We just have to wait and see."

Downton Abbey

  • 4 stars
  • 2019
  • UK
  • 2h 2min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Michael Engler
  • Cast: Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Michelle Dockery, Joanne Froggatt, Elizabeth McGovern, Maggie Smith
  • UK release: 13 September 2019

A big screen outing for Downton Abbey and its inhabitants. Directed by Michael Engler.

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