The cast of Downton Abbey have all been sent a film script and are scheduled to start shooting this year, actor Jeremy Swift has revealed.
After months of speculation about the forthcoming big screen version of the ITV series, Swift, who plays butler Spratt, has confirmed that a project is definitely in the works.
Speaking to Lorraine on Monday’s show, Swift said that a fully-formed script had been emailed out to all cast members.
“There is a film script which we’ve all been sent, but it disappeared in a Mission: Impossible stylee from our emails. With a little puff,” he said.
The actor went on to say that a specific date for filming was yet to be set, but that shooting was expected to get underway this year.
“It’s supposed to be happening, filming, this year but it hasn’t been locked down yet,” he said.
“It’s just getting everybody in that same space and time. I think there is a huge appetite for it.”
Jim Carter also recently hinted that a film version of the Julian Fellowes’ drama was in the pipeline at the beginning of the year.
“This is the third degree – we’ve been asked to keep ourselves available for dates in the future, that’s an exclusive, but no one has seen a script,” he said on Good Morning Britain.
He added: “There is a willingness to do a film but until there is a script there is no film.”
Fellowes recently said that it would be ‘unlikely’ that a Downton Abbey film wouldn’t be made at some point in the future.
“Let’s just say it’s not me slowing things down… It’s very unlikely there won’t be a film because there is an audience for it. I do hope there is going to be a Downton Abbey film,” he said.
“It’s going to be fun once everything is sorted but we just need to restructure it.”