NBC is celebrating the premiere of the “Downton Abbey” movie by revisiting the series with a special called “Return to Downton Abbey: A Grand Event,” set to air on September 19th. The special hopes to entice more moviegoers to the “Downton Abbey” film, which features the returning cast and a story highlighted by a visit from the King and Queen of England. The movie is scheduled to hit theaters the day after the special airs, on September 20th.
NBC stated that the hourlong special will be hosted by two-time Emmy Award winner Derek Hough, and will be filmed at the historic Highclere Castle in England. The special event will discuss the series with the cast, and get their thoughts on the upcoming film adaptation. In addition, celebrities will share their “Downton” obsession and talk about what made the show so addictive.
Throughout its run, “Downton Abbey” won 15 Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Miniseries or Movie; creator Julian Fellowes for Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special; and two for Maggie Smith for Outstanding Supporting Actress in her role as Violet Crawley, Countess of Grantham.
The film is written by Fellowes and directed by Michael Engler. If you missed the trailer that was released earlier this summer, you can watch that video below.
The movie is opening against Brad Pitt’s sci-fi thriller “Ad Astra,” and “Rambo: Last Blood.” “Downton Abbey” hits theaters just one week after “The Goldfinch” adaptation, and the comedy “Hustlers,” and they could dampen “Downton Abbey’s” debut in theaters. The following weekend, September 27th, isn’t too difficult, with only the animated-comedy “Abominable” opening nationwide and “Judie” releasing at the specialty box office.
Fans can set a reminder to catch the special on September 19th, then see the movie in theaters that weekend for a double dose of Downton in one week.
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