And fans will be overjoyed to get a glimpse of Michelle Dockery and Matthew Goode sharing their first romantic moment of the movie as they get into character.
In new movie stills, the on-screen couple were the picture of happiness as they can’t tear their eyes away from each other during a heart-warming filming sequence.
Good together: Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery shared a romantic dance with her on-screen husband Matthew Goode… as the stars were seen in new 2019 movie stills
Michelle slipped back into the role of Mary with ease in a 1920s flapper dress which she paired with a statement tiara worn in her cropped brunette locks.
Matthew was every inch the devoted husband Henry as he took the lead in the dance and dressed for his part in a smart jacket as well as white tails.
Despite marrying character Lady Mary on-screen in the finale, the actor did reveal he will only be ‘popping in’ to the movie because of conflicting work commitments.
The film is expected to pick up right where the series came to an end on New Year’s Eve in 1925 when the Downton residents and staff were filled with utter joy.
Heart-warming: Another still showed a touching family gathering where Edith Crawley (Laura Carmichael) held hands with Violet (Maggie Smith)
As Lady Mary’s baby bump has yet to be seen on set or in movie stills, it suggests the movie could take off from the very moment the series wrapped up.
Or indeed, the period film could capture the precious moments more than nine months later after the mother-to-be has given birth to her child.
Fans will also remember at the end of the Christmas finale Tom had gone into an automobile business with Harry.
And Lady Edith finally married Herbert Palham while John and Anna Bates were blessed with the joy of welcoming a baby boy.
Another still showed a touching family gathering where Edith Crawley (Laura Carmichael) held hands with Violet (Maggie Smith).
Peeking out from behind the Downton duo in the grand hallway stood Robert (Hugh Bonneville), Tom Branson (Allen Leech) and Cora Crawley (Elizabeth McGovern).
In a third movie picture, Lady Edith could be seen making her impressive arrival where she was greeted by the dazzling stars of the series.
Pictured: In a third movie picture, Lady Edith could be seen making her impressive arrival where she was greeted by the dazzling stars of the series
Clad in period dress, Jim Carter won’t disappoint fans when he was pictured as the long-running and well-loved butler Charles Carson.
Other stars set to reprise their roles for the movie include: Raquel Cassidy, Brendan Coyle, Kevin Doyle, Joanne Froggatt, Harry Hadden-Paton, Rob James-Collier, Phyllis Logan and Sophie McShera.
New faces will also be welcomed onto the Downton Abbey scene including: Imelda Staunton, Geraldine James, David Haig, Simon Jones, Tuppence Middleton, Kate Phillips and Stephen Campbell Moore.
The movie is set for European release on September 13, 2019, and US release on September 20, 2019.
Although the details of the plot have been kept under lock and key, the stars have descended on the original Downton Abbey — Highclere Castle in Hampshire to film.
Filming for the Downton Abbey movie kicked off in September after it was confirmed the film had finally been given the green light in July after months of speculation.
Meanwhile, Lily James was snubbed from the line-up for the movie because Downton Abbey insiders claim she is in ‘every other film in the world’.
One to watch: Clad in period dress, Jim Carter won’t disappoint fans when he was pictured as the long-running and well-loved butler Charles Carson
The show’s executive producer Gareth Neame joked to
While creator Julian Fellowes admitted that the actress, 29, was the show’s ‘greatest success story’ now that she’s carved such a prominent Hollywood career.
Of her absence, he explained: ‘Lily is now a big star, and it would’ve been incredibly difficult for her to find time in her schedule to come and play essentially a supporting role in Downton when her career was in a different place when she was with us.’
The revelation shortly follows Lily’s admission that she wasn’t asked to reprise the role of Lady Rose MacClare in the movie adaptation.
Outrageous: Meanwhile, Lily James (pictured in July 2018, London) was snubbed from the line-up for the movie because Downton Abbey insiders claim she is in ‘every other film in the world’
‘I spoke to Laura Carmichael not long ago and was texting Michelle Dockery about Love Island and it’s going to be really exciting. And the whole gang is coming back,’ she told
She then added: ‘My character Rose moved off to New York, so it would be farfetched to bring her back.
‘I would have loved to have come back for a scene, but for a movie it can’t be like a Christmas special and it needs to be a focused storyline. There was no space for Rose.’
Fans of the show will remember Lily bowed out of the period drama in 2015 after Lady Rose moved to New York with her husband Atticus (Matt Barber).
Mamma Mia 2 actress Lily made a comeback to the original series for a brief moment in the 2015 Christmas special.
Do you remember? Lily (pictured in character in March 2013) bowed out of the period drama in 2015 after Lady Rose moved to New York with her husband Atticus