Downton Abbey: A New Era unveils new wedding photos and more!

New images have dropped for Downton Abbey: A New Era and they are exactly what fans have been waiting for.

The images give us a glimpse of the drama and excitement we can expect from the second Downton Abbey film, which hits theaters April 29 in the UK and May 20 in the US.

We already know there’s going to be a lot going on for the Crawley family from the movie’s trailer. Not only does the movie delve into Violet Crawley’s (Maggie Smith) past as it’s revealed she inherited a rather swanky villa in the south of France from a mysterious man, but we also know that the whole family heads to said villa where it seems there is more to Violet’s legacy than meets the eye.

Downton Abbey: A New Era - Penelope Wilton as Isobel Merton and Dame Maggie Smith as Violet Grantham

Violet has been keeping secrets, and they’re about to be revealed! (Image credit: Ben Blackall / © 2022 Focus Features LLC)

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The Crawley family is about to go on an adventure in the south of France. (Image credit: Ben Blackall / © 2022 Focus Features LLC)

We also already know there will be a wedding in the second film as widower Tom Branson (Allen Leech) and maid Lucy Smith (Tuppence Middleton) wed in a romantic ceremony.

Downton Abbey: A New Era - Tom Branson (Allen Leech) and Lucy Smith (Tuppence Middleton) on their wedding day

Tom and Lucy’s wedding will take center stage in the new Downton movie. (Image credit: Ben Blackall / © 2022 Focus Features LLC)

We also know the wedding goes off without too many hitches because the cast list references a Lucy Branson, which means Tom will finally get the happy ending he deserves.

Downton Abbey: A New Era - Tom Branson (Allen Leech) and Lucy Smith (Tuppence Middleton) kiss on a beach

New footage shows Tom getting the happiness he deserves. (Image credit: Ben Blackall / © 2022 Focus Features LLC)

The new footage also shows the Crawley family having a great time uncovering family secrets in France.

Not only will they discover that the “villa” that Violet has inherited is simply magnificent, but they will also learn more about the mysterious past of their family matriarch.

Downton Abbey: A New Era - Elizabeth McGovern as Cora Grantham and Laura Carmichael as Lady Edith Hexham

Cora Grantham and Lady Edith Hexham travel to France by boat. (Image credit: Ben Blackall / © 2022 Focus Features LLC)

Downton Abbey: A New Era - Nathalie Baye as Mme Montmirail and Jonathan Zaccäi as M Montmirail

The Crawley family is welcomed to France by the Montmirails. (Image credit: Ben Blackall / © 2022 Focus Features LLC)

Downton Abbey: A New Era - Harry Hadden-Paton as Bertie Pelham, Laura Carmichael as Lady Edith, Tuppence Middleton as Lucy Smith and Allen Leech as Tom Branson

Bertie Pelham, Lady Edith, Lucy Smith and Tom Branson all leave for a game of tennis in France. (Image credit: Ben Blackall / © 2022 Focus Features LLC)

There’s also some exciting behind-the-scenes footage that has been released, showing the cast and crew filming some of the film’s most important scenes.

As you can see from the slideshow, filming took place while it was still under certain covid restrictions, meaning the cast and crew can be seen wearing their masks and visors in some footage…

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Visors and face masks were used while filming Tom and Lucy’s wedding scenes. (Image credit: Ben Blackall / © 2022 Focus Features LLC)
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Director Simon Curtis and actress Michelle Dockery chat on set. (Image credit: Ben Blackall / © 2022 Focus Features LLC)
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Harry Hadden-Paton, Elizabeth McGovern and Michelle Dockery with Downton Abbey creator and screenwriter Julian Fellowes. (Image credit: Ben Blackall / © 2022 Focus Features LLC)
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Downton Abbey: A New Era Laura Carmichael, Samantha Bond, Hugh Bonneville and Maggie Smith on set

Laura Carmichael, Samantha Bond, Hugh Bonneville and Maggie Smith on set (Image credit: Ben Blackall / © 2022 Focus Features)

Downton Abbey: A New Era was only released theatrically on May 20 in the US and April 29 in the UK.

Claire Jack

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