A 'Downton Abbey' movie? The cast is down

It may not be the end of the road for Downton Abbey — at least not yet.

Downton Abbey creator and writer Julian Fellowes recently sat down with Elle ahead of Sunday's Emmy Awards to discuss the best drama series nominee as well as speculation that the wrapped series is being developed into a movie. While Fellowes was tightlipped about the rumors, he shared that he already has a general plot for the film.

"I don't have much to say about it except that I think that it would be a great idea," he added. "I'm just waiting to hear the powers that be give their permission."

It appears the cast is, too. Joanne Froggatt, who played lady's maid Anna Bates (née Anna Smith), shared that she would love to do a movie and confirmed that the feeling was mutual among her co-stars. "We're all willing to do it, and willing it to happen," she said. "As long as we can get everyone together, it would be delightful. We've talked about it and we're hopeful that there will be a chance to do it again."

And hopefully with Maggie Smith, who would have taken home the gold for outstanding supporting actress in the series on Sunday if she had been present.

After it was revealed that the octogenarian was again a no-show at the ceremony, host Jimmy Kimmel joked that she wouldn't be getting it in the mail. "Maggie, if you want this, it'll be in the lost and found. You must be present to win," he said. "If we call your name and you're not here to accept, the Emmy goes to the next name on the list. It's called the Maggie Smith rule."


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