If you’re like me, you completely forgot that the Downton Abbey movie was happening until the full trailer debuted on Tuesday. But now that it’s here, we are going into full Grantham stan mode until the film is released in September.
I stopped watching the series sometime around season five, so I’m not quite sure how it ended, but in the trailer not much seems to have changed. All of our favorites are present and accounted for, as are the characters who had no right outliving Lady Sybil or Matthew Crawley — I’m looking at you, Mr. Bates. Based on Lady Mary’s (Michelle Dockery) bob, I’m going to hazard a guess that the film takes place during the roaring 20s, and British gentility is not quite what it once was: the Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith) only has to take off her hat for dinner now, although she still needs help to do that. But things at Downton get #lit when it’s announced that the king and queen will be making a royal visit, sending their own servants in advance, who of course clash with the Abbey’s staff.
That staff includes Thomas Barrow (Rob James-Collier), who ended the series as the show’s sole queer main character throughout its run. In the trailer, there’s a quick shot of Thomas dancing with another man at what looks like a Ye Olde Gay Bar, so could our favorite conniving queer butler with a secret soft side finally find love in the big screen adaptation? We’ll have to wait and see.
Downton Abbey is in theaters September 20.