The movie adaptation of Downton Abbey has finally be given the green light after months of speculation.
Joanne Froggatt, 36, who plays maid Anna Bates in the ITV drama, took to Twitter to confirm the news on Friday afternoon, posting a picture of herself with Michelle Dockery, 36, (Lady Mary Crawley) and Dame Maggie Smith, 83, (Violet Crawley).
She wrote: ‘Delighted to announce we’re getting the band back together! #DowntonMovie #DowntonAbbey.’
The trio, along with Hugh Bonneville, who plays Lord Grantham, have all signed up and shooting will begin this summer following the success of the show’s previous six seasons.
Downton Abbey’s Twitter also wrote: ‘Welcome back to Downton! We’re thrilled to announce that #DowntonAbbey is coming to the big screen. Film production begins this summer.’
Michelle also wrote on Instagram: ‘The secret’s out… Thrilled to announce that Downton Abbey is coming to the big screen.’
Hit TV series Downton Abbey followed the lives of the Crawley family and the servants who worked for them at the turn of the 20th Century in an Edwardian English country home.
According to Vanity Fair, the movie script has been written by show creator Julian Fellowes Focus and Universal Pictures International are distributing.
Brian Percival, who has directed several episodes of Downton, including the pilot, will helm the film, but there are no plot details known as of yet.