‘Downton Abbey: A New Era’ Teaser – Violet’s ‘Mysterious Past’ Leads the Crawleys to the South of France (Video)

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The first teaser trailer for “Downton Abbey: A New Era” has arrived, revealing that the story will center around Violet Crawley’s (Maggie Smith) “mysterious past” and how it will affect the entire family’s present.

“Years ago, before you were born, I met a man,” Violet, the Dowager Countess of Grantham, says to her son Robert, the Earl of Grantham (Hugh Bonneville), her daughter Lady Rosamund (Samantha Bond) and her granddaughter Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery). “And now I’ve come into the possession of a villa in the South of France.”

“What?” Mary says, speaking for all of us. And once you see Mr. Carson (Jim Carter) checking out a photo of the young Violet, you’re going to be even more intrigued by this chapter of her life “Downton” fans have been wondering about for years.

Before the end of the video — which is packed with glimpses of the upstairs/downstairs drama to come — the Crawleys have headed to the South of France to explore Violet’s recently acquired villa.

“They better be warned: The British are coming,” Carson tells his wife, Mrs. Hughes (Phyllis Logan).

Watch the teaser trailer for “Downton Abbey: A New Era,” which is slated to hit theaters March 18, 2022, via the video above.

Following the release of some first-look photos, the “Downton Abbey: A New Era” preview gave us our first real plot information about the sequel, which features the original principal cast of the “Downton Abbey” TV series returning for this second film after starring in the 2019 film of the same name.

“Downton Abbey: A New Era” stars Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Kevin Doyle, Joanne Froggatt, Harry Hadden-Paton, Robert James-Collier, Allen Leech, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Sophie McShera, Tuppence Middleton, Lesley Nicol, Maggie Smith, Imelda Staunton and Penelope Wilton.

Cast members new to the “Downton Abbey” franchise include Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock, Nathalie Baye, Dominic West and Jonathan Zaccaï.

“Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellowes wrote the script for “A New Era” (just as he did for the first film), which is directed by Simon Curtis. Fellowes produces “Downton Abbey: A New Era” alongside Gareth Neame and Liz Trubridge.       

“Downton Abbey: A New Era” will be released in theaters on March 18, 2022.

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