‘The script is here’: Jim Carter confirms Downton Abbey cast have already read the script for the movie sequel … and filming begins in 2021
Downton Abbey star Jim Carter has confirmed plans for a second feature film are well under way – and the cast have already read a completed script.
The actor spent five hugely successful years playing resident butler Charles Carson on the ITV show before it aired in 2015.
But after returning for a well-received film based on the historical drama last year, Carson, 72, says he’s already received the script for his highly anticipated sequel.
Exciting: Downton Abbey star Jim Carter has confirmed plans for a second feature film are well advanced – and the cast have already read a completed script
Appearing on Thursday’s edition of This Morning from his north London home, the actor revealed the script is filled with humor – but has not confirmed how developed it has been.
He said, “If you promise not to tell anyone, I’ll let you know we’ve seen a script… The script for a second movie is there. We saw it, it’s very funny!
“ There are all the same characters, all the regular characters, and I think the will is – COVID wants it – we’ll be filming it next year. ”
Enticing: Appearing on Thursday’s edition of This Morning from his north London home, the actor delighted Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby by sharing news of the script
Tell us more: Superfan Phillip insisted on more details – but was quickly stopped in his tracks by the star, who declined to provide any plot information
Keen to learn more, super-fan Phillip Schofield insisted on more details – but was quickly stopped in his tracks by the star, who added: ‘I’m not going to reveal anything about the intrigue! ”
Carter was on hand to discuss the show’s 10th anniversary, which averaged 12 million viewers per episode at its peak on September 26.
Reflecting on the occasion of the celebration, the actor revealed that he was moved to replay his very first scenes as Carson, written by show creator Julian Fellowes.
Popular: The actor spent five hugely successful years playing resident butler Charles Carson on the ITV show ahead of its 2015 airing
He said, “It’s amazing. It’s been ten years? he [does] seems to be an age ago. And I looked down my shelves and found this – a hardcover script from the first edition of the first Downton Abbey screenplay.
“And I had a little wave of nostalgia and my first scene was ‘Carson the butler sits in his magnificence’ … and my first line was ‘Ah, William, papers yet?’ … like the newspapers were delivered! ‘
As the show became a huge hit for ITV, Carter revealed that he initially had doubts about the broadcaster’s ability to be successful due to its turbulent history with period drama.
Welcome back: The cast returned for a feature film in 2019, four years after the show ended
When asked if the show was a bet for ITV, he said: ‘I think so, because when things are successful you would think they were always meant to be successful, but at that time, ITV did not have a great history of period drama.
“ It seemed like the BBC’s province and I think Upstairs Downstairs was restarting around the same time and so there was no guarantee of success.
“ We were all pretty trapped, so that meant the runaway success of this one took us all by surprise, and it was a very pleasant surprise, too. ”